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Reedville Fishermen's Museum
Virginia Historic Site
Reedville is named for Captain Elijah Reed. It features historic Victorian mansions built by factory owners and fishing boat captains. Main Street was known as "Millionaire's Row," home to wealthy fishermen who made their fortunes from the menhaden that was plentiful in the Potomac and Chesapeake Bay. The Reedville Fishermen's Museum, in the Reedville Historic District, tells the story of the menhaden fishing industry, the watermen of the Northern Neck, and the Victorian fishing village of Reedville. Self-guided walking tours of the historic district are available from the museum.
Reedville is also a significant charter fishing center for Chesapeake Bay bluefish and rockfish with more than 50 boats operating out of the area.
An official Virginia scenic byway, the Northumberland Heritage Trail, from the Reedville Historic District to the Heathsville Historic District, follows back roads along the Potomac and its tributaries. It crosses the Little Wicomico River via the Sunnybank Ferry. For several decades, it carried workers to the Reedville menhaden industry.
Reedville Fishermen's Museum is part of the "Find Your Chesapeake" project of the National Park Service and the Chesapeake Conservancy. Click here for details.