Reedville Travel Guide

  • Sailboat leaving the anchorage -passing the marina
    Sailboat leaving the anchorage -passing...
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  • Sailboat where we were in 2004
    Sailboat where we were in 2004
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  • Walker House at dusk
    Walker House at dusk
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Reedville Things to Do

  • taking your dog for a swim

    If you are looking for a place to stay with your dogs and want them to be able to go into the water, the KOA in Reedville is the place for you. Two cabins are right on the edge of a creek. That creek flows into the bay. It is relaxing and beautiful. You can even put in your canoe and they can swim along with you.

  • Excursion to Tangier Island

    Leaves every day at 10 from Buzzard's Point Marina and returns about 3:45. $22 for adults and $11 for children. Tangier is an island in the Chesapeake with a fishing village with quaint narrow streetsand is reputed to be the soft crab capitol, and the people speak with an Elizabethan accent. After a relaxing one and one half hour narrated cruise,...

  • Reedville Fisherman's Museum

    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. It consists of several buildings, including the Walker House (pictured - the oldest house in Reedville) which was built in 1875. In the spring of...


Reedville Hotels

  • Fleeton Fields Bed & Breakfast

    2783 Fleeton Road, P.O. Box 305, Reedville, Virginia, 22539, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

Reedville Restaurants

  • Popular

    On the waterfront - very popular. This restaurant is associated with the Marina. The owner used to be a menhaden spotter pilot and his wife is the daughter of a menhaden fisherman. Restaurants do not seem to stay in business long in this area.The restaurant is open mid -May to mid-December, Tuesday to Sunday 11:30 am to 9:00 pm, closed Monday. A...

  • Crazy Crab is Incredible

    We were in the area visiting friends who live near there. Although The Crazy Crab doesn't take reservations, they appreciated the call that a party of 16 would be coming in on a Friday night. The owners took it to heart, and not only accomodated us, but came out to greet us! One of their chefs (Ophelia) came out to greet us, too, and recommended...

  • Homemade Ice Cream

    The sign outside of this place advertises gifts and homemade ice cream. I can find no reference to it on the internet whatsoever, but it is next to the Old Customs House at 858 Main Street. It was open in the evening, but we didn't go in.


Reedville Transportation

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    Weather permitting, the skipjack Claud W. Somers sets sail every other Saturday commencing May 15th and running through the end of October. Should the morning sails become sold out, the crew may expand the schedule to include an afternoon trip at 2:00 p.m.


    Somers Sailings
    Saturdays - 10 AM
    August 21st
    September 11th & 25th
    October 2nd, 16th, & 30th

    Ticket prices for 2004: $20/members and $25/non-members. Seating is limited and reservations must be made in advance.

    The Elva-C is a 55 foot Buy-Boat (a traditional work boat) which was built in 1922, and has been donated to the museum and restored by museum volunteers and local boatbuilder George Butler, whose family has owned Butler’s Marine Railway for three generations. The boat is also available for trips on the Bay and Cockrell Creek. At Christmas on Cockrell's Creek children welcome Santa as he arrives aboard the Elva C.

    While the Elva C is only available to Museum members, the Claud W. Somers is available for everyone.

    Reedville Museum boat dock Skipjack at the pier (with #55 on it) Elva C coming back in - 2007 Elva C approaching Elva C at the dock
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Reedville Shopping

  • Shopping is "Free"

    There is a gift shop associated with the museum, but you do not have to pay admission to the museum in order to shop. Locally crafted items, books of regional interest, prints, maps, children's toys and wearing apparel.

  • Fresh Fish

    This is the Reedville Steamboat Wharf which is right down on the end of Main Street next to the Reedville Marina.. They sell chum and ice for fishermen, and you can also come and buy fish fresh off the boat in the afternoon.

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Reedville Local Customs

  • #11 Historic Main Street -Northern Neck...

    This building at 876 Main Street was formerly the Peoples Bank of Reedville. It opened in 1910 and was built of the same brick as the Gables across the street (#14). Captain Fisher supervised the construction. During the depression, this was the only rural bank to remain open, due to Captain Fisher who personally loaned the bank...

  • #20 Historic Main Street - Marine...

    In 1906, Isaac Bailey's workshop was on this site, and Sam Butler bought the workshop and set up the first marine railway. Several tools owned by Mr. Bailey are still being used today in building, restoring and conducting maintenance on many area boats. The railway is now being operated by the third generation. George Butler helped the Reedville...

  • #3 -Historic Main Street - #504 the...

    This is the William Walker house which is the centerpiece of the Reedville Fisherman's Museum. It was built (according to local tradition) in one single day on 17 April, 1875 while Mr. Walker was out oystering. It was built on land which was purchased from Captain Reed (who came to Reedville the previous year) and is the oldest house still standing...


Reedville Warnings and Dangers

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    by grandmaR Updated Aug 15, 2003

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    Stay upwind of the fish plant when it is processing unless you are olfactoralorily challenged (i.e. you can't smell).

    I actually haven't ever had a problem with this on my visits, but I've spoken to people who have and it is a well known hazard of the area.

    Bear in mind that there's only one menhaden plant in Reedville now - far less than in the past.

    Smoke from menhaden plant One of the old plant chimneys Passing the menhaden plant The menhaden plant on a Sunday Another view of the menhaden plant
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Reedville Off The Beaten Path

  • Kilduff Texaco

    This interesting building with large oil tanks behind it is at 691 Main Street • Reedville, VA 22539 has a sign on it which says that it is the original Texaco building. It is now Kilduff Oil. They have heating oil and other products including biodiesel.Hours of Operation:Monday - Friday8:00 am - 5:00 pm

  • Mill Creek

    If the wind is blowing the smoke from the Omega Protein processing plant north toward Reedville, you might want to anchor across on the other side of the Great Wicomico on Mill Creek. Otherwise you will be inundated with a very fishy smell. When we anchored here, we saw a bald eagle sitting on a nearby fishtrap. (Photo is blurred - you'll have to...

  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Reedville Sports & Outdoors

  • No Smell in America as Foul and Puke...

    The water around Reedville is spectacular. The Chesapeake is incredible. Rock Hole Creek is beautiful. Cockrell's Creek is breathtaking. Every inch of tributary is to behold. Until you have to breathe. So if you are an alien and don't require oxygen, Reedville is for you. I am not kidding. I have been around rotting dead humans. Have worked in a...

  • Anchoring

    There are several anchorages on either side of Cockrell Creek. You can anchor here, or farther up by the museum. You can also anchor in Mill Creek (for a picture see the "Off the Beaten Path Tip") which is on the other side of the Great WicomicoPick your anchorage according to wind direction. You want the menhaden plant smoke to be blowing away...

  • Buzzard's Point

    We have not been to this marina, but we see the sign advertising it when we come in the creekThere is a full time mechanic on duty for repairs, and they do wash and wax services as well as bottom paint services. All 50 slips are deep water (6'MLW) and there are dry storage both inside and out for up to 100 boats inside and 40 outside on the racks....


Reedville Favorites

  • Fish and Cats

    In 2004, as I was walking back to the boat and the Crazy Crab for dessert, I noticed something. There were cats on the roof of the Reedville Steamship Wharf which is the white building with the flat roof in the last two pictures. I tried to get pictures of the kittens, but they were too fast for me, and the best I was able to do was the little...

  • Captains of the Menhaden Industry

    The fortunes of Reedville rose and fell with the menhaden industry. In the 1850s, menhaden made millionaires of Reedville captains. With the gradual decline of the industry, there is only one menhaden plant remaining in Reedville. The boats no longer hire spotters to go up in planes to find the schools of menhaden.But while the industry has...

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