Virginia

Alexandria Seaport Foundation: (VA) The Alexandria Seaport Foundation and Seaport Center uses the power and beauty of the Potomac River waterfront and Alexandria's wealth of Maritime history to benefit our community. The Foundation runs the Craddock Boat Building program where historic watercraft are restored and conducts a marine environmental sciences program.

American Canal Society: (VA) The American Canal Society, through its web pages, provides general information to members and "visiting" canal buffs. The visitor may access files on canal related river navigation, canal history and archaeology in the United States and Canada; upcoming events, tours and conferences; specific canal societies and information resources & publications, and highlights from the newsletter of the Society. Other canal information is also available.

Cape Henry Lighthouse: (VA) The Cape Henry Lighthouse, founded in 1791, is the first commissioned public works building in the United States, built near the monument that marks the first landing of the Jamestown colonists.

Hampton Roads Naval Museum: (VA) The Hampton Roads Naval Museum, operated by Navy Region Mid-Atlantic. The museum is dedicated to the study of 220 years of naval history in the Hampton Roads, Virginia region. The Museum is housed in the larger maritime museum NAUTICUS in Norfolk, Virginia.

Jamestown Settlement: (VA) The story of America¹s beginnings ‹ from the first permanent English settlement in 1607 to the decisive Revolutionary War victory in 1781 ‹ is told at Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center at Williamsburg, VA. Through film, indoor exhibition galleries, and outdoor living history, discover the lives of English settlers and Powhatan Indians at the dawn of colonial America, and those of Continental Army soldiers and Tidewater farming families who endured the Revolution and witnessed the formation of the new nation.

Lightship Portsmouth Museum: (VA) The landlocked ship has been restored and turned into a museum at Portsmouth, VA. The light atop the mast remains active 24 hours a day every day. It is owned and operated by Portsmouth Museums and is a National Historic Landmark.

The Mariners' Museum: (VA) The most extensive international maritime collection in America if not North America. The Library and Archives have more than 75,000 volumes on maritime subjects. The photograph collection has more than 350,000 images.

Museum of the Confederacy: (VA) The Museum was created to collect military, political, and domestic artifacts associated with the period of the Confederacy, 1861-1865. Says the Chicago Tribune, "...perhaps the finest Civil war museum in the country."

National Museum of the Marine Corps: (VA) The National Museum of the Marine Corps exhibits include weapons, maps, photographs, equipment, and art.  Featured are the two American Flags raised on Mt. Suribachi, Iwo Jima in February 1945.

NAUTICUS - The National Maritime Center: (VA) Nauticus, the "museum of the future" in Norfolk, Virginia, includes a wide variety of education and entertainment exhibits and displays. And, when visiting in person, you will find the Hampton Roads Maritime Museum included in the same building.

Old Coast Guard Station -- Virginia Beach: (VA) Housed in a restored former U.S. Life-Saving Service building, it is the only existing station among a mere handful on the entire Atlantic Coast.

Oyster & Maritime Museum (VA) The Oyster & Maritime Museum offers programs, lectures, and field trips about local history, lighthouses, Chincoteague Ponies, music, and other maritime/Chincoteague subjects. A visit to the website tells all.

P.A. Denny (Towboat): (V) The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had the 109-foot P. A. Denny built in 1930 as a towboat for the Louisville, Kentucky, District.  She is a steel-hulled sternwheeler and was originally named the Scott.

Patowmack Canal: (VA) The Patowmack Canal project at Great Falls, VA, was originally proposed by George Washington to link the tidewater communities with the interior. The Patowmack Company was formed in 1784 to construct five canals along the river to make it navigable. Two of the canals, at Little Falls and Great Falls, both required locks. The Great Falls canal operated from 1802 to 1830. Particularly impressive is the final set of locks that were cut through rock to bring the canal back to the Potomac downstream. The locks drop dramatically 20 to 30 feet. They were blasted with black powder in a dangerous and complicated construction project. Remains of a wooden canal lock door were discovered at the site several years ago and is being preserved by the Park Service.

Portsmouth Lightship Museum:  (VA) The Portsmouth Lightship Museum, formerly in the Lightship Service and later the U.S. Coast Guard, exhibits the important functions of lightships in maritime history.

Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum: (VA) Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum at Portsmouth, VA. was established in 1949 within the nation's oldest shipyard, the museum was later moved in 1963 to the Portsmouth waterfront at Riverfront Park. At the new location, visitors can experience a steady stream of vessels from pleasure craft to aircraft carriers.

Reedville Fishermen's Museum (VA) The Reedville Fishermen's Museum is dedicated to collecting, preserving, and interpreting the life of the Chesapeake Bay waterman and the menhaden fishing industry.

Science Museum Of Virginia: (VA) The Science Museum of Virginia is headquartered in Richmond, Virginia's historic Broad Street Station. At this web site you'll find information about the science museum, its exhibits, shows, programs, films, classes, outreach activities and satellite museums. You'll also find many other resources and resource links related to science and science education.

Torpedo Factory Art Center: (VA) What is the Torpedo Factory? The Torpedo Factory Art Center, founded in 1974, is an art museum housed in a WW I and WW II torpedo factory in the City of Alexandria, Virginia . It is considered the largest and most successful visual arts center in the U.S. We invite you to come explore our 84 working studios, 8 group studios and 6 galleries.

U.S. Marine Corps Air-Ground Museum: (VA) The Marine Corps Air-Ground Museum Housed in 1920s hangars at the Marine Corps Combat Development Command, Quantico, Virginia, where the Air-Ground Museum gives visitors a glimpse of Marine Corps air-ground team development and its achievements in two major wars and numerous minor campaigns.

USS Monitor Ironclad: (VA) The Mariner¹s Museum at Newport News, VA, is the home site of the USS Monitor Ironclad. After resting undetected on the ocean floor for 111 years, the wreck of the USS Monitor was located by a team of scientists in 1973. The remains of the ship were found 16 miles off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, on a relatively flat sandy bottom at a depth of about 240 feet. The Monitor's hull lies upside down, with her deck resting on her displaced gun turret. To protect the remains of the ship, the site was designated as the nation's first marine sanctuary in 1975. The Monitor National Marine Sanctuary is managed by the National Marine Sanctuary Program of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). In 1987, it was declared a National Historic Landmark, the first shipwreck to receive this distinction.

Virginia Canals and Navigations Society: (VA) The Virginia Canals and navigations Society primary focus is on the James River Batteau is a flat bottomed boat which was used to transport tobacco from areas of Central Virginia to Richmond during the late 1700's. The boats were generally from 6-8 feet wide, 40-50 feet long and were constructed of white oak. For the past 15 years the James River Batteau Festival has been held in June to celebrate these boats and the important role they played in Virginia history. The public is invited to come and see the boats at any one of our 8 festival sites. Anyone interested in constructing a boat and joining the festival can get started through this website.

Watermen's Museum: (VA) The Watermen's Museum in Yorktown, Virginia portrays the Watermen of Chesapeake Bay -- past, present, and future.

Yorktown Victory Center: (VA) The Revolution comes to life in the Witnesses to Revolution exhibit at Yorktown, VA, where 10 people from all walks of life share personal accounts of the war. Discover the tale of Yorktown and Gloucester, two towns that became the setting for the war's climactic battle, in the Converging on Yorktown exhibit. Then travel below the York River to Yorktown's Sunken Fleet, a re-creation of part of the archaeological excavation site of one of the many ships lost during the 1781 Siege of Yorktown.