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Steamboat Era Museum open house is March 3

The restoration of the Potomac Pilothouse continues at the Steamboat Era Museum in Irvington. The photo on the left shows the structure as work began. A section of the work-to-date is seen in the right photo.

The Steamboat Era Museum in Irvington will sponsor an open house on Sunday, March 3, from 2-6 p.m. 

The Museum is currently a mess, said a museum spokesperson. The exhibits have been dismantled, the shop is empty and the Potomac Pilothouse is coming.

Get a look behind the scenes as museum staff and volunteers get ready for the 2019 season. A few of the new exhibits include a wedding dress worn by four generations of the Dameron family; an interactive exhibit about Captain Hansford Bayton, a black steamboat owner; and the last flag to fly on the Steamer Potomac which measures 7 by 10 feet.

The walls of the museum are covered with conceptual drawings of the exhibits. Materials and installation costs are included in the descriptions. Naming opportunities are available to honor or memorialize loved ones. In addition, all donations made that day will be used exclusively for building the exhibits.

Photographs of the continuing restoration of the Potomac Pilothouse will be on view. The front curved windows have been built and installed, including an original window frame from the structure, donated to the museum by the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. The floors and roof are now reinforced, paint has been stripped, and the wheel is about to be installed. All the outside panels around the pilothouse have been restored or rebuilt and are now installed.

There is no charge for the March 3 event and no need to RSVP. Light refreshments will be served while you get a firsthand peek at the future look of the museum. All visitors to the open house will receive a free admission pass to encourage a return visit during the 2019 season. For further information, call 438-6888 or visit

posted 02.28.2019

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