The Reed Gallery is our long-term exhibition space that details the life of watermen on the lower Chesapeake, the art of fishing for Menhaden, products that are made from the oil of the pressed fish (oil, Omega3 capsules) and ground bones and skin (animal meal), the Native American presence before English contact c1608-09, the history of the fishing industry in Reedville, a timeline of the growth of Reedville as a fishing community; and lots of wonderful models of boats, homes and pound nets that dot the Potomac River and the Bay. This is a “walk through on your own” gallery.
The Frayne Gallery hosts changing displays that focus on specific topics like World War I and WWII, lighthouses on the lower Chesapeake, African American fishermen, and special annual changing shows.
Changing Exhibits are displayed in the Watermen’s Gallery, the most recent addition to the Covington Building.
Current Exhibition- Then and Now--Intrepid Boats of the Chesapeake