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New oyster exhibit opens at Old Tobacco Warehouse in Urbanna

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The Urbanna Oyster Festival Foundation, Town of Urbanna, Middlesex County Museum and county citizens have partnered to produce a historical exhibit of the area oyster industry. The new exhibit is in the town’s colonial Old Tobacco Warehouse building on Virginia Street. An open house was held October 8 when invited guests viewed the exhibit. (Photo by Larry Chowning)

by Larry Chowning

The Urbanna Oyster Festival is held each year on the first weekend in November to celebrate the oyster and the historical role the bivalve has had in Middlesex County and to the environment of the Chesapeake Bay.

The Urbanna Oyster Festival is the official Virginia Oyster Festival and will be held on Friday and Saturday, November 7-8 this year.

Governor Terry McAuliffe joined in the celebration of the oyster last month when he announced the creation of the Virginia Oyster Trail, a major tourism development project connecting travelers to state water-related museums and raw bars and restaurants that serve local oysters. Urbanna will be a stop on the trail.

The Urbanna Oyster Festival Foundation, Town of Urbanna, Middlesex County Museum and county citizens have partnered to create an oyster exhibit true to the role oysters have played in Urbanna’s heritage and culture. The display is located in the front room of the colonial Old Tobacco Warehouse on Virginia Street.

The Old Tobacco Warehouse (James Mills Scottish Factor Store) also serves as the Urbanna Visitor’s Center and Museum.

The Old Tobacco Warehouse is open to the public on Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., and on Sundays from 12:30-4:30 p.m.

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 10.15.2014

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