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‘Explorer’ featured in Stafford County film

Deltaville Maritime Museum’s “Explorer” (top right above) a replica of the shallop used by Capt. John Smith in 1608, waits for her turn in Accokeek Creek during the filming of a historical documentary about Stafford County. In the foreground, the film crew and actors ready a scene in an Indian village. The creek, off the Potomac River, was one of those explored by Capt. Smith. (Photo by Rob Brooks)

by Bill Powell
Events Director
Maritime Museum

Just this month, the museum’s “floating ambassadors”—the “F.D. Crockett” and “Explorer”—have been seriously on the move! The F.D. Crockett just returned to her homeport at the Deltaville Maritime Museum following a two-week tour of the North Bay and up the Potomac River all the way to Washington, D.C.

Explorer, the only replica (built for the 2007 Quadricentennial) of John Smith’s 1608 exploration shallop that is still float worthy, has not only made a trip to Stafford County for a film “shoot,” but also is currently at Caledon Natural Area in King George County where Governor Terry McAuliffe will speak about the John Smith Trail this weekend. She has also been booked for a second season of the new AMC TV series “Turn.”

In Stafford County, the Explorer and her intrepid Explorer Society crew of Captain Rob Brooks, Justin Holley, Wes Summerfield, Billy Hartenbach and Quinn Parker put the Explorer and their talents to the re-enacting of the John Smith landfall in Stafford and his meeting with the Patawomeck Indians. The filming will be a segment in a documentary on the history of Stafford County. The documentary will be finished around Thanksgiving.

Meanwhile, the Crockett is back at the museum dock on Mill Creek in Deltaville and will be available for tours during this Saturday’s Farmers’ Market.

Read the rest of this story in this week’s Southside Sentinel at newstands throughout the county, or sign up here to receive a print and/or electronic pdf subscription.

posted 08.20.2014

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