Virginia’s working watermen typically love what they do for a living, and their enthusiasm for protecting and preserving the Chesapeake Bay is both passionate and contagious. Despite all the hardships and challenges of declining fisheries, increasing costs and regulations, unpredictable weather, etc., they simply cannot imagine being anywhere else…

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 unique perspective of these 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!

2 Comments

  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
      glenn@cheseapeakedata.com

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