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Deltaville Maritime Museum begins facilities improvement fundraiser

by Bill Powell
Special Events Director at the Deltaville Maritime Museum

The Deltaville Maritime Museum’s covered pavilion has been enlarged.
The board of the Deltaville Maritime Museum and Holly Point Nature Park recently announced the beginning of a $30,000 fund drive to make major improvements to the museum building and grounds. The improvements are scheduled for completion by opening day, 2010.

“The overall cost for the projects is estimated at just over $60,000,” said museum treasurer Bob Le Boeuf. “The board has already approved initial expenditures to allow the projects to begin. Chuck McGhinnis and Kyle Jenkins have volunteered their time gratis to construct the projects. We look forward to community and business support to bring forth the monies to allow us to bring these needed additions to full completion.”

The improvements are divided into four projects—the museum building, the events pavilion, the waterfront park, and the wildflower garden. “This past year we had more activities and more people using the museum and park facilities than ever. These projects directly address needs made evident during these events.” said McGhinnis, who is the museum’s improvements project manager and boatshop director.

The first phase of the improvements, doubling the size of the events pavilion, is already in substantial completion. “It really came home to us this past year that we sorely needed more permanent covered area to seat folks for our food events and as a rain location for our very popular ‘Groovin’ concert series,” said museum special events director Bill Powell. “This expansion gives us room to seat 300 minimum, under cover, at tables for dining and more than that in chairs for concerts. We are expanding and dressing up the waterfront park further along the waterfront to make room for larger concerts. We really need the extra covered space in case of rain.”

Phase II of the expansion is a new entrance for the museum itself. Designed by Kaptain Krunch as a scale replica of the original Stingray Point Lighthouse, the new façade will give the museum a formal, nautical-themed entrance foyer with a docents station and gift shop.

Chuck McGhinnis and Kyle Jenkins work on the new entrance to the Deltaville Maritime Museum.
“The biggest problem the present museum layout causes for both visitors and our docent volunteers is that there is no place for the docents to greet visitors,” said museum director Dick Urban. “This entrance not only solves that problem, but also gives us a location for our gift shop. Chuck and Kyle have gotten most of the structure up already. It really sets off the building.”

The last phases of the improvements are improvements and expansions to the waterfront park and a pavilion/shelter to be constructed in “Bubba,” the park’s wildflower meadow for events, picnicking and visitor relaxation.

“We urge everyone to come out to the park and view the progress on these projects,” said Powell. 

A donation mailing will be mailed to the membership and local businesses. Those who wish to donate in any way are urged to call the museum at 776-7200 or donate by mail to P.O. Box 466, Deltaville, VA 23043.

The Deltaville Maritime Museum and Holly Point Nature Park, an all-volunteer, all-donation, non-profit organization, is at 287 Jackson Creek Road and on Mill Creek in Deltaville. Motorists should turn right off Route 33 across from NAPA. The park and all outside facilities are open dawn to dusk.

To find out more about the museum, events schedule, and its offerings, or to become a member, visit and click “museumpark,” or Google “Deltaville Maritime Museum.”

posted 01.05.2010

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