For centuries, watermen have worked the creeks and rivers of tidewater Virginia, bringing the best the Chesapeake Bay region has to offer to markets nationwide. Now, through the watermen’s heritage tour program, visitors to Virginia can experience the time-honored history and traditions of our working watermen up-close and personal.

Explore these pages and find the perfect tour for you and your family or group. Once you decide on a destination, contact our participating captains directly to create your own personal Chesapeake Bay experience. Come and see the Bay through the eyes of an authentic working waterman, experience their culture and history and hear their individual stories (and take home a few of your own to cherish for years to come)!

Welcome home to tidewater Virginia – we look forward to seeing you out on the water.

Meet the Captains

  • Trey Sowers

    Trey Sowers

    See picturesque Mathews County by water as the guest of Captain Trey Sowers aboard the “Helen Elizabeth”, an authentic 34’ Chesapeake Bay Deadrise.

    Location: Port Haywood, VA

  • Gene Edmonds

    Gene Edmonds

    You will design, with Captain Gene, your own very special memory builder aboard the NATHALIE, the perfect boat for the area. We are comfortable and quiet yet fast when we need to be. In addition to watermen's heritage tours on his own vessel, Captain Gene is one of the Captains of the Cove at The Tides.

    Location: Irvington, VA

  • Forrest Dameron

    Forrest Dameron

    Captain Dameron is a 4th generation waterman that has worked the rivers and creeks of the lower Northern Neck of Virginia his entire life.

    Location: Heathsville, VA