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The Cape Charles Museum opens for the season on May 6th. The Museum is owned and operated by the Cape Charles Historical Society. We invite you to become a member and support us in the preservation of the history of Cape Charles.
NEW Lecture Series this spring called “Let’s Talk Cape Charles Culture” We will offer presentations on local culture on specified Wednesdays and special dates, April 19 - Oct. 25 at 7pm. Admission is $5 or Free with New Museum Membership purchased at lecture.
Join us for a new Lecture Series called “Let’s Talk Cape Charles Culture”. These are fun and informative presentations on all things Cape Charles and lower Northampton County. Speakers include Kellee Blake, retired director of National Archives Phila, Capt. Andy Dunton, Tommy O’Connor, CBBT & historian Laura Smith.
The museum is closed for winter. You can still enjoy the museum grounds from dawn to dusk and there is phone app tour of the rail cars and museum buildings accessible from a QR code on front rail of main museum building. We will reopen in the Spring - date to be announced.
Help us film more oral history videos by becoming a Sponsor.
Classic images of Steamers & Rails of Cape Charles
This popular book by Jim Lewis has long been out of print.. Xenophon Press has re-published it for us. It is for sale in Hard Cover or Soft Cover versions.
This engine and generator supplied power to the town and local area during periods of peak demand from 1947 until the mid-1980s.
An extensive model collection of Chesapeake Bay ferries and steamboats from the mid-19th Century until the opening of the Bridge-Tunnel. Use the button to see Jim Garrison's video series on the Virginia Ferry Corporation (VFC). SEE MORE ON VFC BELOW
Photographs and artifacts depicting the extensive history of Cape Charles, the railroad and the ferry service across the Bay to Norfolk. Also, see a videos related to the Chesapeake Bay impact crater and core samples taken during its investigation.
Jim Garrison continues work on his video series on the ferries, and he is looking for more images and film. If you have something you would be willing to share for future productions he would be very grateful.
Our locomotive and freight cars were donated to the museum at the closure of the Cape Charles rail yard. Moving them to our site strained our finances in 2019, and now we have to begin their restoration. Meanwhile, we receive, archive and display many artifacts related to the history of Cape Charles, as well as maintain an extensive library of historical photographs. Please consider a donation to help us continue to preserve the history of this historic Eastern Shore town..
Photos of the Cape Charles Museum, Bloxom Railway Station, The Jetty House, and Train cars copyright Ron Wrucke, Eastern Shore Imaging
All other images are by Museum staff and volunteers, archival, or public domain. Please credit the Cape Charles Historical Society as source. Thank you!