Special event on April 24th! Several participating captains are leading one hour sample tours from Merroir Restaurant in Topping, Virginia. Book your tickets now before they sell out!

Take one of our tours and experience the Chesapeake Bay like few ever have.

Want to learn about where your Chesapeake Bay seafood comes from, how it’s caught, and meet the men and women who harvest it?  Virginia’s working watermen love what they do for a living, and their enthusiasm for protecting and preserving the Chesapeake Bay is both passionate and contagious.

Captain J.C. Hudgins demonstrates oyster dredging to local visitors

Captain J.C. Hudgins demonstrates oyster dredging on the Chesapeake Bay to local visitors in Mathews, VA

Now, through the Watermen’s Heritage Tour Program, you can experience the Chesapeake Bay from the perspective of working watermen and help preserve the centuries old tradition of working on the water. Learn how watermen catch fish, crabs, oysters and clams, take part in hands-on demonstrations and discover what it truly takes to get our local seafood from the Chesapeake Bay to the table. Soak up the local history and culture of tidewater Virginia and take home your own special memories of a one-of-a-kind day on the water!

We encourage you to explore these pages and find a location, captain and a tour that are perfect for your needs. Get out of your office and enjoy theirs – Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries! We will see you out on the water!


  1. I would like to take the next class to give the Heritage tours, and am intrested in placing our oyster house, W.R. Pittman and Sons in Lancaster on the tour.

    • Mr. Pittman – We are seeking a funding grant to conduct additional watermen’s heritage tour program training in 2015. I have added you to the list of interested parties and will be contacting you when we have received funding for this effort – thanks for your interest in the program!

      Glenn Markwith
      VA Watermen’s Heritage Tour Program Coordinator

  2. Captain Scottie Moss

    I would be interested in giving a tour of the Potomac river and Chesapeake Bay on the new “Captain Joe Bill”
    please add my boat to the list of availability.

    Thank you
    Scottie Moss

    • Glenn Markwith

      Scottie – thanks very much for your interest! I have added you to the list for the next available training session and will be in touch as soon as funding becomes available. Enjoy the new CAPTAIN JOE BILL!

      P.S. I already had you on the list – my brother, Chris Markwith, had spoken to me before you posted the comment!

  3. Laura H. Baxter

    Glenn, I would like to learn more about your programs. I am interested in helping you with this project.
    I left my card with Ann the other night. My main problem is I don’t drive. Laura

    • Glenn Markwith

      Greetings, Laura! Good to hear from you – I am sorry I haven’t gotten back to you sooner! We are working with Virginia watermen that are interested in conducting tours for the general public to show people what it really takes to get seafood from the Bay to the table. These tours offer visitors a chance to see the Bay through the eyes of an authentic working watermen, hear about local history and culture and even take home some fresh seafood at the end of the day! Plus, the tours help to supplement their incomes and boost regional tourism and the overall economy, so it has a lot of great benefits locally! I’m only working part-time myself, but will keep you posted on any available opportunities to help out with the growing program!


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