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Steamboat Era Museum

156 King Carter Dr, Irvington, VA 22480
804-438-6888
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Ranked #3 of 7 attractions in Irvington
Type: Specialty Museums
Most recent review
- May 4, 2013
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Burke, Virginia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013

What a unique experience. Our guide was very informative and had first hand experience riding the steamboats. Video presentation was excellent. We had no idea what an important part the steamboats played in that part of Virginia and the Chesapeake Bay region.

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Heathsville, Virginia
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80 reviews 80 reviews
30 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

For its size and location, this is really quite a nice little museum. Well worth going to Irvington to see this.

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2012

We never realized that steamboats plied the Chesapeake Bay during the late 1800's to around 1935. Baltimore was generally the originating port. Sleek boats (not like the Mississippi River boxes) with overnight accommodations and fine dining.

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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46 reviews 46 reviews
11 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2012

This small, special museum is filled with the aura of steamboats--a period in our history usually overlooked. It is unique to the Northern Neck of Virginia and totally fascinating. Our tour guide is the granddaughter of the captain featured here, and she knows EVERYTHING about the era and captivates your attention. This one is a DON'T MISS FOR SURE!

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Plymouth, Massachusetts
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2012

The tour guide gave us a good idea of what life was like in that area when steamboats were the main method of transportation. The large map of the Chesapeake showed why water travel was the most efficient, and sometimes, the only was to get goods from Baltimore to the little creeks and inlets of the Chesapeake.

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Kilmarnock, Virginia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2012

What do you know about the steamboat era on the Chesapeake Bay? Nothing? Well neither did I and was delighted to find this new little museum in Irvington. Great exhibits and a wealth of information about a forgotten time when steamboats united the lands around the Chesapeake Bay.

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2011

On a recent stay at the Tides, we wandered into the Steamboat Era Museum in Irvington Va. It was quite a surprise and better than expected. The exhibits are very interesting and we came away with a new appreciation for this area. it even had a docent who was very entertaining and knowledgeable. We had an enjoyable few hours and... More

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2011

Loved visiting this museum. The docent was so nice and gave us a personal after hours tour. I did not know how important the steamboats were to the economy of Maryland and Virginia. The museum was packed with information, pictures and even oral histories of the steamboat era. It was too bad that the last remaining structure of the steamboat... More

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