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Rebuilding at maritime park begins

William Wright’s bulldozer cools off after finishing the work preparing the footprint of the new events pavilion at the Deltaville Maritime Museum. The area was dug and repacked with a dense clay/sand mixture to be ready to accept the new concrete slabs. The footings will be dug and poured, the forms installed, and in-slab plumbing run over the next two weeks. (Photo by Bill Powell)

by Bill Powell
Events Director
Maritime Museum

Exciting times in Deltaville! On January 8, at long last, the road to rebuilding began at the Deltaville Maritime Museum and Holly Point Nature Park. At 8 a.m., heavy equipment and personnel from local site contractor William H. Wright began the grading and site preparation work for the floor slabs on which the new L-shaped events pavilion will be constructed.

“To get the space we need to replace the fire-destroyed John’s Events Pavilion using our volunteer labor is the only way we can make it happen based on our monies available,” said McGhinnis. “We are sure we can at least get the new concrete floors, posts, walls and roof on the pavilion for our current budget. We hope, that by taking the labor costs out of this equation and getting more donations, we can also enclose at least part of the pavilion and greatly improve our covered food and meeting areas before opening day. We will use all local suppliers, whenever possible, for all of our materials.”

Deltaville Maritime Museum and Holly Point Nature Park is a non-profit organization at 287 Jackson Creek Road and on Mill Creek. Turn right off Route 33 across from the Shell Station to get there.

To find out more, visit, email or call 776-7200. The museum mailing address is P.O. Box 466, Deltaville, VA 23043.

Read the rest of this story in this week’s Southside Sentinel at newstands throughout the county or subscribe to an online PDF subscription.

posted 01.16.2013

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