Waterfront at the Urbanna Town Marina

Since its days as a crucial colonial port, Urbanna’s waterfront has always been an essential part of the town’s life. In the recent past, her docks were filled with Chesapeake buy boats and deadrises as watermen bought and sold oysters and crabs that they had harvested.

At the Urbanna Town Marina at Upton’s Point, the Oyster Festival Waterfront will showcase the area’s varied history and emphasize the heritage and conservation of the bay with boats and exhibits. Visitors can dance to music from the concert stage throughout the weekend, board traditional vessels, and learn about our Native American and colonial heritage, the traditions of the watermen and the oyster industry, and the preservation of the Chesapeake Bay.

The Thursday before the Festival, November 3rd, is Oyster Festival Education Day, presented in cooperation with the Marine Science Legacy Program, when the waterfront is closed to the general public so that area schools have the opportunity to visit the exhibits. The waterfront will be open to the public during the festival on Friday and Saturday, November 4 &5.

At the Town Docks:
Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation’s Godspeed
F.D. Crockett from Deltaville Maritime Museum
Propwash (formerly Agnes Sterling), Dumfries, VA

Featured Exhibit:
Historical reenactments from Moody Crewe Pirates and Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation’s
Godspeed. Pirate encampment entertainment is scheduled throughout the weekend.

2016 Marine Science Legacy Program Exhibitors:

Education Day Thursday, November 3rd

Friends of the Rappahannock – Education and Outreach
Virginia Gamefish Tagging Program
Tidewater Soil and Water Conservation Dist.
Middlesex County Museum
Oyster Company of Virginia
VA Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences – VA Seafood
Tidewater Oyster Gardener’s Association

Marine Science Legacy Programming is made possible by a 2016 Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund “License Plate” grant. Applications for the plates can be obtained at www.dmv.virginia.gov

Oyster Festival Friday and Saturday, November 4th and 5th

Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Virginia Institute of Marine Science
Build a Boat, Sail a Boat – Arts in the Middle
Reedville Fishermen’s Museum – Skiff Raffle
Propwash (formerly Agnes Sterling)
Friends of the Rappahannock – Jameson Cove

Yorktown Watermen’s Museum
Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation’s Godspeed
Moody Crewe Pirates
Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School
Christchurch School / Restore Urbanna Creek
Deltaville Maritime Museum – F.D.Crockett
Richmond Sail and Power Squadron

2016 Waterfront corporate sponsorships provided by:

Oyster Company of Virginia
Shellfish Growers of Virginia
Something Different Restaurant
Christchurch School

The dinghy dock is available for use during the festival.