Deltaville Maritime Museum and Holly Point Nature Park

Deltaville Maritime Museum and Holly Point Nature Park

Located in Middlesex County on Mill Creek, just off the Chesapeake Bay in the heart of Deltaville, Virginia, the Museum and Park offer a unique opportunity to enjoy the "Boat Building" history of our area and the serenity of "river' life.

Our mission is to protect and enhance the natural beauty of the area designated Holly Point and make it available for the enjoyment of our citizens and visitors to Middlesex County. The nature park includes opportunities for walking, birding and viewing wildlife along trails which have thriving native plants and nesting sites.

The museum is devoted to the preservation of our County's vast maritime history and will provide educational experiences related to the maritime industry. Both the museum and the park are a place to study, to learn, and also to relax and enjoy the tranquility of this area.

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Hours

Monday through Saturday 10AM - 4PM, Sunday 1PM - 4PM

The Park is open daily from dawn until dusk for walking on the nature trail, launching your canoe or kayak, enjoying a picnic or simply relaxing in the tranquil surroundings.

(Note: Many places fill to capacity on busy, nice weather days, especially holiday weekends. Please call ahead or visit the official website to get the most up-to-date information before visiting.)

Fees

Recommended $5 donation for adults, children under 12 as well as members of the museum are always free.

Activities

The museum and park offer a wide variety of activities throughout the year kicking off in April and lasting until December. Museum exhibits focus on the maritime history of the town and the people who shaped these stories. Special events include a summer family boatbuilding week, arts camps and workshops and the annual Holly Point Art & Seafood Festival that takes place in October each year. Summer Farmers' markets as well as the Groovin' in the Park concert series are popular events. Numerous gardens tended by local volunteers are available for viewing and for pleasant walks.

Facilities

Museum includes 38 waterfront acres on the of gardens, walking trails, the museum building as well as several outbuilding dedicated to boat building and nature exhibits. The Pier Walk links pier and the kayak launch and takes visitors out to where the boats undergoing restoration are on view. Boat access is available at the pier as well as at the kayak launch. There is a small gift shop on site.

The Pavilion is the perfect choice for Parties, Socials, Wedding Receptions, Dinners, Reunions any occasion!

Surrounded by our beautifully landscaped waterfront area, this indoor or outdoor, year-round, facility is Deltaville's premier location for whatever event you are planning!

Accessibility

The museum parking restrooms are wheelchair accessible.  A golf cart is available upon request to provide accessible guided tours of the grounds.

History

The Deltaville Maritime Museum & Holly Point Nature Park was founded in September, 2002 in an effort to perserve the boat building history of Deltaville, once called the "Boat Building Capital of the Chesapeake".  To keep traditions alive and preserve the boat building skills that made the area famous, the museum volunteers actively maintain, restore and build historically accurate vessels. Following that tradition, every year in July since 2003, families from near and far gather at the museum for Family Boat Building Week to build a Wright Skiff similar to the skiffs John Wright built in Deltaville in the 1930's.   

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Last updated: April 30, 2019
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