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Heritage Days

March 19 @ 11:00 am - March 27 @ 4:00 pm

March 19-27, 2021:  Celebrate Being Local with free admission 11AM – 4PM and enjoy a weekend of in-person & virtual events including CIAO’s presentation of “When Assateague Was Home”, launch/sale of reprinted Oyster Museum Committee cookbook, cooking demonstrations by three 3 well-known local culinary stars, & “Everything Chincoteague ROUND UP”.

Museum of Chincoteague announces theme of  Heritage Days  2021 to be
Celebrate Being Local 

Special Events will be held both in-person and virtually. This year the Museum will be proudly celebrating their 51st Anniversary of keeping the history of Chincoteague alive & well preserved.

Museum Heritage Days events start off with Opening day for the 2021 season on March the 19th, In celebration, the Museum Board of Directors would like to invite everyone with a DelMarVa address to be their special  guest to “Celebrate Being Local ”. The Museum will be open everyday (except Sunday) from March 19th – March 27th from 11AM – 4 PM. Admission for locals will be free for Heritage Days. Due to Covid restrictions, at this time only 20 people are allowed at any one time in the Museum. Board Member Donna Leonard says “We would be delighted to have 20 visitors a day during the slow season so we do not expect that to be a problem.” She encourages all of you, especially if you can say you have never been to the Museum before to please come, Be Our Special Guest , plan a visit and help us celebrate YOU.

Inside the Museum of Chincoteague Island, you’ll discover the 1st Order Fresnel Lens from the Assateague Island Lighthouse, the iconic Chincoteague ponies known as Misty and Stormy, models of vessels that plied the Chincoteague waters long ago, treasures that washed ashore from shipwrecks, a decoy carver’s workshop, oral histories, documents, and artifacts that tell the story of Chincoteague Island life throughout its long and varied existence.

Virtual Event #1

The Museum, in partnership with the Chincoteague Island Arts Organization will showcase the feature film, “When Assateague Was Home”, with a special tribute to the late Island resident Roy Jones. Roy Jones passed away in 2020 at the age of 101. Roy was the last surviving resident of the Assateague Village and delighted in telling stories of his childhood memories. This presentation will be shown  during the week of Heritage Days starting March 22 at 7PM . Join the show by tuning into CIAO TV on You Tube.

Virtual Event #2

The Museum of Chincoteague will launch the reprinting and sale of a cookbook created by the original Oyster Museum Committee to raise funds to establish the Museum in the early 1970’s. 2021 has brought the Museum Board of Directors full circle. The cookbook was created to raise money for the  fledgling museum and today it has been  reprinted for the same reason….to support the fundraising needs of the  Museum,

Many requests have been heard over the years to reprint this collection of recipes.  The Museum has an original copy on display which has been loaned from Ann Rodgers whose mother was one of the Museum’s original founders. The Museum will host a virtual event on Saturday March 27 at 7PM featuring cooking demonstrations with 3 well known local culinary stars. Laura Davis from Tide & Thyme Food Blog creating Shrimp Stuffed peppers, Steve Potts from Bill’s Prime Seafood making Oyster Stuffing and Andy Linton from the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company ’s Carnival  Clam & Oyster Fritter Stand mixing and frying up famous Clam Fritters. Show can be accessed by visiting the Museum’s Facebook page and clicking on Heritage Days – Celebrate Being Local 2021. On line orders for the Chincoteague Island Cookbook can be made during the show and will also be available for purchase anytime in The Museum’s Gift Shop.

For spring for 2021, the Museum of Chincoteague will be kicking off a collections campaign and is searching for your hidden treasures.

“Everything Chincoteague ROUND UP”

If you, like so many of us, have been cleaning out your closets, attics, garages or storage spaces during the Corona virus pandemic, maybe you’ve reconnected with your roots, glanced at that box of old movies, thumbed through family photo albums, unearthed valuable memories or found that dusty yearbook hiding in a box. Please DO NOT TOSS them. Share them with us. We want to take a look. Help us preserve those memories for future generations. Bring those treasures to us.

Items of interest may include but are not limited to:
8 &16 MM movies
VHS movies
Family Recipes
Family Trees
Written Collections/Journals
Historical Documents

Call 757-336-6117 with questions or email museumofci@gmail.com



March 19 @ 11:00 am
March 27 @ 4:00 pm