Poquoson Museum     ---     968 Poquoson Avenue, Poquoson VA
Poquoson Museum Membership Meeting

The next meeting will be
March 3 - 7:00PM
Poquoson Community Center, 49 Odd Rd.

Meetings are open to any and all who are interested in the Museum's efforts and have questions, or simply wish to meet some of the Museum membership.

Poquoson Museum Officers
  Paul Whitlow
Cliff Coffman
Frank Rezek
Noel Talcott

Museum Phone No: 868-6830
The Poquoson Museum, a volunteer operated community museum, needs your help! We need volunteers to help with our Campfires and Home Fires program, the Haunts of Poquoson program, as well as individuals who can spare a few hours a month to help man the museum as docents during the weekends.

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Images of America: POQUOSON
The Poquoson Museum and Poquoson Historical Society will be debuting a new book in early June, chronicling the history of Poquoson. The Museum partnered with the Historical Society and Arcadia Publishing to develop a photographic history book of Poquoson titled "Images of America: Poquoson". The Museum and Historical Society worked together in collecting material for the 200 photographs in the book.

The Poquoson Museum gift shop will have books available for sale at $22 each, and we pay the tax. Poquoson residents may also purchase a book through any of the Museum or Historical Society membership. The Museum and Historical Society strive to preserve and promote the history and culture of Poquoson, and proceeds from the sale of the books will help in providing necessary funding for the operation of both groups.

To easily place an order with a museum or society member, please call 869-4025 or 868-6899.

The Poquoson Museum has published a first edition cookbook, titled Recipes & Remembrances from the members and friends of the Poquoson Museum.

The book contains 250 delicious recipes arranged in eight categories.Helpful hints are included at the beginning of each section of the book, and additional information to assist the cook preparing and presenting meals is an added bonus.

The first edition cookbook can be yours for $10 per copy. If mailed, add $3 for shipping and handling per book. This cookbook will complement your collection and will also make a perfect gift for a loved one or friend.

If you are interested in purchasing, or have questions about the book, contact Mrs. Diane Holloway at 868-7630.

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Poquoson Museum Update - February 2015

Mailing of Annual Membership Drive and Solicitation Letter: You should have received the museum's annual membership drive and solicitation letter in your February City of Poquoson Utility Bill. The City agreed to let the Museum insert the letter in the Utility mailing to all Poquoson households. This was a significant time and cost savings for the museum and gave us the opportunity to send the letter out to every household in Poquoson.

As mentioned in the letter, the museum faces several financial challenges this year. The first involves moving and renovating Tom Hunt's Store. We will need to replace the shingles on the store with period appropriate reproductions. That is an additional cost that needs to be factored into the restoration. The museum is researching the cost of reproduction shingles and one company has quoted a price of ~$8 per shingle for a comparable galvanized steel shingle.

You are aware of the ongoing repairs to the farmhouse. The second story desperately needs painting, but quotes received for that work greatly exceed the maintenance funding in the budget.

Therefore, we greatly appreciate the City helping us reach all of Poquoson with our membership and sponsorship drive.

What's New at the Museum? In 2013, in keeping with its mission to preserve and beautify the Museum Campus, the Museum used Chesapeake Bay Restoration grant funds to establish the first phase of a tree lined trail to the adjoining preserved marshlands. In 2014, a second grant from the Virginia Trees for Clean Water Program allowed the museum to complete the planting of the remaining trees and shrubs. The Museum now has 115 trees and 32 shrubs planted along its Marsh Walk Tree Trail. The Museum's Trail is one of the 11 Tree Trails in Hampton Roads and 1 of only 2 on the Peninsula.

The Museum's Marsh Walk Trail gives Poquoson and the Virginia Peninsula a new interpretive urban tree trail, one that focuses on the marsh landscapes typical of the Chesapeake shoreline waterways and marshes. Completion of the trail provides another educational resource for the students and citizens of Poquoson and York County. It will introduce residents and visitors to trees they might plant in their own yards. Many of the trees and shrubs are natives and well suited to our area. Identification signs identify each tree or shrub by its common name and Latin name along with the easiest way to identify each - its leaf description.

In December, the Master Gardeners planted over 7,000 bulbs in their Learning Garden and mulched flower beds. Brent and Becky's Bulbs in Gloucester donated the bulbs. You may recall the tulips and daffodils blooming last spring. If all goes well, we should have an explosion of blooms in a few months. In February, the Master Gardeners and Virginia Master Naturalists will be installing twelve additional Bluebird boxes along the trail.

Throughout the year, additional information and news will be posted at the new Information Kiosk at the head of the trail. Please stop by the museum and garden and take a walk along the trail

Easter at the Learning Garden

Spring is here, and brings with it an opportunity to showcase the Poquoson Museum's Learning Garden. Visit our album of photos from April 18th and see the rewards of Spring.
Marsh Walk Tree Planting

With a grant from the Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund, and through the combined efforts of the VCE York/Poquoson Master Gardeners Tree Steward Class of 2013, Virginia Tech's Dr. Laurie J. Fox, Dreamscapes Landscaping, horticulturist Ed Bradley and his Trailblazer Team, and some dedicated museum volunteers, scores of trees have been planted along the lead section of the museum's Marsh Walk. Learn about the project, with accompanying photos
World War II Exhibit Opens at the Museum

A new exhibit opened at the museum, titled "WWII - The Greatest Generation". Included in the exhibit are photos of Poquoson men and women who served during the war, various memorabilia, period items, clothing, and uniforms. The exhibit is dedicated to the Poquoson men and women who served during World War II, and their families.

The opening ceremony on June 29, 2013 included the introduction of seven WWII veterans living in Poquoson. There were six veterans unable to attend. American Legion Poquoson Post 273 opened the exhibit with a flag raising ceremony. Following remarks from Museum President Paul Whitlow, Post 273 Commander Ray Yannello and Virginia House of Delegates Member Gordon Hesel, visitors were invited to tour the new exhibit. A reception followed the tour of the exhibit. Website visitors are invited to view the photo album taken during the ceremony.

Veterans In Attendance:
M. J. Firman, Junie Page, Preston Watkins, Howard G. Forrest, Ray Carmines, Milford Rollins and Durward Watkins

Veterans Unable to Attend:
William Asa Forrest, Bill Jordan, George Moore, Hugh Wornom, Gerald Patesel and Coby Watkins

American Legion Flag Donation

The Poquoson Museum wishes to thank American Legion Post #273 for donating an American Flag to the museum. The museum recently installed the flag pole in the front yard that originally stood at the old Fire Station on Poquoson Avenue. As part of the Civil War Living History event last month, members of the Poquoson American Legion conducted a flag raising ceremony to open the event. Members of the flag raising ceremony, from left to right, are Alexander Hanger, Don Ward, Carey Freeman and Sherwood Emerson.
Dairy Donated to the Museum

The dairy shown in the photo above was donated to the museum by Jean Ray and Nathan Forrest in memory of Miss Mary Burcher. According to our sources, Ms. Leslie Cox, who resided on the corner of Hudgins Road and Poquoson Ave., gave the dairy to Miss Mary Burcher.

Dairies similar to the one at the museum were used to keep milk, butter, cream and cheese cool until they were needed. During the summer milk and dairy products would be placed in about 8" of water in the summer dairy to keep them cool. It is estimated that the museum dairy was built in the early 1900's.

Another type of dairy was the winter dairy. This type of dairy has an open slatted front to allow the cold wind to blow through and cool the dairy products.


Before & After Views of the Wash House
IIn late August of 2009, museum volunteers started work on restoring this circa 1938 Wash House located on the museum campus. The building had served multiple uses throughout its history and was saved from a disastrous fate when it was threatened by a barn fire at the museum in 2007. Fireman continued to douse the building with water to prevent the Wash House from being consumed by flames.


On February 27th, museum volunteers relocated a 1947 Model D John Deere Tractor to the museum, subsequent to engine and other repairs. The tractor was donated to the museum by Dan and Alice Phillips. In the December 2003 Poquoson Christmas parade the tractor, pulling a museum float, won second place in the Antique Motorized Division.

The Model D John Deere Tractor was produced from March 1923 to July 1953. The first Model D rode on steel wheels and was powered by a two-cylinder hand cranked engine. In 1925 solid rubber tires replaced the steel wheels. In 1939 a restyled Model D tractor appeared with a 42 horsepower engine and weighed 5,300 pounds. The Model D that is on display at the museum has electric start and inflatable rubber tires.



Views before & after the fire, and after restoration
On Saturday, April 12, work began in replacing the barn that was lost in a November 2007 fire. The post-fire cleanup and inital steps in the rebuilding process were carried out by members of the museum's Buildings & Grounds Committee. With help from the community, the rebuilding project has continued through the summer and fall, and is well on its way to restoring an important part in the museum's effort to collect, preserve and present the history and heritage of Poquoson, Virginia.

If you would like to help in the reconstruction work, or want information on the project, please call 868-9116.

Donations for the project may be sent to:
Poquoson Museum, PO Box 2163, Poquoson, VA 23662.
** Please indicate "barn project" on your check **

Marsh Walk
Construction Continues
The construction phase continued through the summer and early fall in developing the Poquoson Museum's "Marsh Walk". You can view background information, check on its progress and view the project photo album by following the link below.

Poquoson City Council adopts resolution
recognizing the Poquoson Museum

The membership of the Poquoson Museum was presented with a resolution by the Poquoson City Council, commending it for its vision and determination in establishing a museum in the Poquoson community. The resolution was signed by all City Council members and placed on a handsome plaque.

Mayor Gordon Helsel presented the plaque on behalf of City Council, with museum president Diane Holloway accepting the resolution on behalf of the museum membership.

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The resolution will be proudly displayed in the museum for visitors to view, an enduring appreciation and reminder of how the Council and other city departments support the museum in its mission to preserve, document, interpret and promote the history and heritage of Poquoson, and in its effort to educate and share this with the general public.
Mr. and Mrs. Manfred C. Freeman, Jr. Underwrite Marsh Walk
Linda R. Freeman and Manfred C. Freeman, Jr. are two of the most dedicated patrons of the Poquoson Museum. Their generous gift of $50,000 has prompted the museum to name the Marsh Walk Trail as an enduring remembrance of Manfred's grandparents, Edward R. and Emma Moore Freeman.

Wood Carver's Quilt becomes a Reality
Poquoson Museum Vice President Georgia McDaniel came up with the idea in 2003 of creating a campaign to construct a wood carver's quilt. The quilt of wood carvings has now been given form, highlighting Poquoson heritage through the techniques and talents behind its thirty carved blocks.

City donates former Registrar's Office
to the Museum
The museum plans to rehabilitate the building back to its 1930's appearance. The building is seen here being moved to its new location on the future marsh walk trail at the museum campus.

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