! Museum Visitors !
A REMINDER TO EVERYONE WHO WALKS THEIR DOG(S) ON THE MUSEUM NATURE TRAIL. YOU MUST KEEP YOUR PET ON A LEAD AT ALL TIMES. THIS IS A TRAIL RULE PUT IN PLACE TO PROTECT YOUR PET AND MAKE THE TRAIL SAFE FOR ALL VISITORS USING THE TRAIL. THANK YOU!
April 24th: Historic Garden Week Event
May 4th & 5th: America Goes to War
May 18th: Fairies and Friends
Master Gardeners Event
June 1st: Bull Island
Barnacle & Brew Fest
September 21st: Annual Fall Festival
Giving Hope in Hampton Roads Event
Master Gardeners Plant Sale
Master Gardeners Event
October 25th & 26th:
Haunts of Poquoson
December 7th & 8th:
Holiday Open House
Please visit our website at
and our facebook page for updates!
Other events at the Poquoson Museum include: Colonial Beekeepers, the Master Gardeners, and the bluebird watchers. Please check their websites for further information.
If you need a place to hold an event, please keep the museum in mind and contact:
Cliff Coffman at email@example.com or
Mary Clemons at firstname.lastname@example.org or
call Mary at 757-630-3396.
If you want to make a financial donation to the Poquoson Museum, please
send your check or money order to: Poquoson Museum, P.O. Box 2163, Poquoson, VA 23662... or you can contact Treasurer Frank Rezek at 757-868-9882.
Please include a note stating what you want the money used for (i.e. Tom Hunt's Store restoration, Marsh walk maintenance, or any other thing you can think of).
Financial donations are always welcome!
Poquoson Museum Memorial Gift Program
The Poquoson Museum offers the opportunity to commemorate a loved one, or honor a friend, in
the form of a contribution to the museum. Cash gifts are deductible to the fullest extent of the law. The Poquoson Museum is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.-[ Information & Contribution Form ]-
! 2024 Membership Dues !
Museum members, and those wishing to become members, are reminded that 2024 membership dues are due. Membership Forms can be downloaded using either the pull-down link at the top of the webpage, or the Membership Form button above. Download and complete the form, selecting the membership category and dues amount that is best for you. You may mail your form to the museum PO Box address provided on the form.
Thanks for supporting the museum and please visit the website often to remain aware of up coming events.
Poquoson Museum Membership Meeting
The next meeting will be
- To be Announced -
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
Museum Phone No: 868-6830
Message for Professional Photographers
|Professional Photographers often use the Poquoson Museum as a venue for taking photos for paying clients. The museum board recognizes that the museum campus does offer a great location for backgrounds in many cases.
Prior to professional photographers taking photo sessions on museum property, they are advised to contact the museum president Mr. Paul Whitlow. Discussions are necessary between the two parties to ensure the photographer and the museum can agree on a Memorandum of Understanding.
Mr. Whitlow may be contacted at 868-6899.
The Poquoson Museum, a volunteer operated community museum, needs your help! We are looking for individuals who can spare one Saturday afternoon a month to help man the museum as docents (training provided
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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.
POQUOSON MUSEUM 1st EDITION COOKBOOK
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 Paul Whitlow at 868-6899.
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NOTICE TO POQUOSON MUSEUM SUPPORTERS
STARTING APRIL 1, 2023 THE POQUOSON MUSEUM WILL BE OPEN ON SATURDAYS ONLY, EXCEPT FOR HOLIDAYS, FROM 1PM TO 5PM. WE NEEDED TO REDUCE OUR WEEKEND OPEN DAYS CURRENTLY IN PLACE TO ONE DAY DUE TO THE SHORTAGE OF DOCENTS. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN BECOMING A DOCENT PLEASE CONTACT ANY OF THE MUSEUM OFFICERS LISTED ON OUR WEBSITE.
A Message from the
Poquoson Museum Executive Board
Hello Poquoson Residents! We wanted to let you know about the Happenings at the Poquoson Museum. 2023 was a great year for events! We had three Giving Hope events, which included: the 2nd Annual Fall Festival; the Spring Festival and Car Show; and the Food Drive. Our sincere thanks go out to the Giving Hope organizers and participants for everything they did for the community. Thank you to the Master Gardeners, who hosted a Plant Sale, conducted ongoing educational programs, and Fairies and Friends (in conjunction with the Poquoson Office of Community Recreation). Please come out to visit the Colonial Beekeepers Bee yard. They are wonderful! The Museum had three successful events: America Goes to War; The Haunts of Poquoson; and our Holiday Open House. We want to thank the volunteers that worked to set up and run these events as well as the public who attended the events to support us! A big thank you to all the people who have donated money to the renovation fund for Tom Hunt's Store and other projects! We have had volunteers help from the Boy Scouts, Poquoson High School Students, and members of the community. We are so grateful for everything you do.
This year (2024) promises to be a fantastic year!!!! We are now working with a contractor to begin the restoration of Tom Hunt's Store, so that we can open it to the public. Also, we will be working to turn Miss Becky's Store into a Collections Storage Building and, of course, there is ongoing upkeep of the other historic structures and the Marsh Walk. The Museum grounds will again host events: May 4th and 5th will be America Goes to War: A Living History; May 18th Fairies and Friends; June 1st Kiwanis Bull Island Barnacle & Brew Fest; September 21st Giving Hope's 3rd Annual Fall Festival (rain date October 5th); September 28th Master Gardeners' Plant Sale;
October 25th and 26th Haunts of Poquoson; and December 7th and 8th Holiday Open House. Please come out and support these events!
In order for the Poquoson Museum to continue to grow, we need YOUR HELP!!!! Please become a Museum Member and/or donate to the museum. All these funds go to worthy projects! Please VISIT us and become an active participant in the museum. The Poquoson Museum is a Community based museum that is run by volunteers. It can only be open and do wonderful things if the community actively supports its mission: to Promote, to Protect, and to Inform everyone about Poquoson's rich 393 year history! Let's add to the amazing history of Poquoson! Come and Join us!!!!
Poquoson Museum Executive Board
Rehabilitation of Tom Hunt Store
Rehabilitation of Tom Hunt Store located at the Poquoson Museum Campus has begun.
The store was built about 1880 and served the community as a post office and general store. The Museum Executive Board has signed a contract with a Poquoson contractor, CAP Construction, to do work on Phase 1 of the project.
Phase 1 of the project requires removing the existing exterior boards, four existing windows, front porch decking, security bars on both front windows and front door. All of the above items will be replaced with new materials except the bars on the front windows and the front door. The bars will be sand blasted and painted and the door will be refurbished. All materials for Phase 1 have been ordered. Delivery is expected in six to eight weeks.
We have also hired an electrician to rewire the building, install an electrical panel, add additional receptacles, light fixtures, ceiling fans, outside watertight receptacles and outdoor LED flood lights.
Donations to help with the cost of this project are needed. If you would like to help with a donation, please mail a check made out to the Poquoson Museum, PO Box 2163, Poquoson, Va. 23662. The Poquoson Museum is a non-profit organization. All donations are tax deductible with existing IRS Laws.
2023 Fall Festival Car Show
On October 1, 2023 the Classic Cruisers Car Club participated in the 2nd Annual Helping Hands Fall Festival at the Poquoson Museum. The event is sponsored by Giving Hope in Hampton Roads and all proceeds benefit the Tom Hunt Store restoration project.
Cruisers brought several cars to the show to bring memories and joy to all attendees. The photos show some of the cars that were displayed during the event.
The Poquoson Museum wishes to thank the Classic Cruisers Car Club for participating in the event.
New at the Museum !
The York/Poquoson Master Gardeners have partnered with the Poquoson Museum to establish a Monarch Habitat Garden, located between the museum's restored farm equipment display and the Colonial Beekeepers Learning Bee Yard. Funding for the garden was provided by Linda R. Freeman and Manfred C. Freeman, Jr.
Master Gardeners designed the layout of the garden. They provided all the labor and most of the plants were donated by Master Gardeners. The garden, designated the Monarch Meadow, has stone dust pathways and a solar fountain. A series of educational signs were designed and installed in the garden. Visitors will be able to learn all about Monarch Butterflies and hopefully be encouraged to start a Monarch or Pollinator Garden at home.
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AMERICA GOES TO WAR
Saving History in Poquoson -- read the accompanying article on WAVY.com
A Living History from the American Revolution Through Vietnam
This event was proudly hosted by the
Poquoson Museum on May 6th & 7th, 2023
- Please visit the event photo album -
Stolen Anchor Returned to Poquoson Museum
A vintage 1800's ship's anchor, stolen from the grounds of the Poquoson Museum in September of 2021, was recovered from a Poquoson property by the Poquoson Police Department on June 16, 2022. The approximately 7-foot, 2,000 pound anchor, originally donated by a Hampton resident, was transported back to the Museum.
On June 18th, several members of Troop 28 Cub Scouts, accompanied by their Cub Scout Master, volunteered their time and efforts in cleaning the mud coated anchor.
The Museum Board of Directors would like to offer their sincere thanks to the PPD and Troop 28 Cub Scouts for their efforts. In the future, the anchor will be prepared for safely being placed on display.
2022 Re-enactor Game Winners !
April 30, 2022
The first annual re-enactor baseball game winners. The two teams were Armored and Infantry.
Armored won the game.
Air Force Volunteers Assisting with Barn Project
November 18, 2021
The museum has planned on modifying the entrance platform and stairs to the main storage area in the barn for many months. With help from Air Force volunteers Jacob LeBlanc, Chris Meyette, Kcey Bobo and Kaleb Obert, the museum was able to finish this long awaited task. The final stage for the project will be to install the hand rails for safety.
The museum leadership and members wish to thank these men for their service to our country and for continued assistance on museum projects.
Since July of 2021, with assistance from the AF volunteers, we have accomplished numerous much needed projects.
POQUOSON MUSEUM PATRONS
The museum has installed a new exhibit honoring local Civic Organizations. We invite you visit the museum to see the new exhibit. Our hours of operation are Saturday and Sunday from 1pm to 5pm. We look forward to your visit. Face masks are required for inside museum visitors.
How to Donate Items to the Poquoson Museum
Our mission is to "Preserve and Promote the History of Poquoson" and we will do just that with your help! Make sure the items you donate have something to do with the 390 year history of Poquoson. We appreciate everything that you want to donate but we can't take everything due to limited storage space.
If you would like to donate items to the Poquoson Museum, there are two easy steps you need to follow:
1.) Contact a member of our Collections Committee: Mary Clemons 630-3396 or email@example.com
We will be more than happy to meet with you about your donation.
2.) As you know, no job is complete without paperwork! Come in and take a few minutes to fill out some paperwork. This is so that we can properly enter the history, names, dates, etc. into our database. It is really important that we have all the information on the forms that you have about pictures and objects. After we enter your item in the database, we will properly package and store it until we use it in a display.
US AIR FORCE VOLUNTEERS HELP THE MUSEUM
The Poquoson Museum membership wishes to thank Christopher Meyette, Silas Poock, Jacob LeBlanc and Cory "Ben" Hutcherson, all serving on active duty in the US Air Force, for volunteering their time and effort in preserving and painting the front porch of the museum. We appreciate your service to our country, and your taking on the job of prepping and painting the museum porch. This work will help weather protect the exterior of the building for years to come.
Thanks go to all who participated in this task, consisting of the Air Force members and board members of the museum.
-View the Project Photos-
Our Latest Addition
The Poquoson Museum, in partnership with York/Poquoson Master Gardeners, has installed a split rail fence to enhance the location and appearance of the museum parking area, replacing the orange and white barrel cones previously used to identify the area.
Farm Equipment Preservation Project
-- view the project photos --
Thanks to Jacob Weibel and other Boy Scouts from BSA Troop 28 the old farm equipment that has been at the museum for several years has been restored.
Jacob was the lead scout to prepare the exhibit area, restore the equipment by cleaning and painting and placing the various items into the exhibit area. This project by Jacob will earn him his Eagle Scout Badge. He had lots of challenges with the rusty old equipment and with lots of help, he got the task completed. Some of the items on display date back to the circa 1900s.
The museum board members want to thank Jacob and his helpers for turning a number of pieces of rusty old antique farm equipment into a thing of beauty. Visitors who walk the trail have commented on how much better the area looks and shared their comments on social media.
ATTENTION MUSEUM SUPPORTERS
The Poquoson Museum has established an AmazonSmile account. When making online purchases with Amazon, please consider shopping at Smile.Amazon.com, choose the Poquoson Museum as your charity, and they will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the Poquoson Museum, at no cost to you.
UP-DATED NEWS FOR TOM HUNT'S STORE RELOCATION
The Poquoson Museum is pleased to announce that the relocation of Tom Hunt's Store has been accomplished. The movers lifted and hauled the store a mile down the road to the Poquoson Museum on Sunday, November 24, 2019. Final preparations are under way to re-install the roof structure that was removed for the move and install new roofing shingles. In the near future, the building support piers will be constructed and the store will be lowered and attached to the piers.
The next major effort will be to acquire the necessary funds to rehabilitate the building to make it safe and weather tight. Donations to help in the rehabilitation process can be made to:
PO Box 2163
Poquoson, VA 23662
All donations are tax deductible within the existing IRS laws.
Longleaf Pine Restoration Project
Poquoson Museum - Help Wanted
Buildings and Grounds: With the recent improvements around the Poquoson Museum's Campus, the Museum is looking for volunteers to help with the Buildings and Grounds Maintenance.
We need help with the following:
1. Regular Nature Trail Inspection and Maintenance -
a. Monthly check of integrity of the boardwalks to see if any boards need to be repaired
or replaced. Help with repair and replacement of boards.
b. Monthly check for trash along the trail and emptying of the trash cans located along
c. Occasional trimming of bushes along the wooded portion of the trail.
d. Monthly cleaning (washing) of the 18 Interpretive Signs located along the trail.
2. Weekly mowing and trimming around the farmhouse
3. Biweekly mowing and trimming along the Nature Trail.
4. Occasional help with outdoor projects - such as yard cleanup, planting trees and shrubs
and mulching same.
5. Occasional painting: inside and out.
6. Other needs as announced.
If you have a few hours to spare please contact:
Cliff Coffman at (757) 869-4025 or
The Poquoson Historical and Cultural Museum Foundation (aka The Poquoson Museum)
Campaign to Preserve and Restore
Poquoson's Historic Tom Hunt's Store
Odd Post Office, now called Tom Hunt's Store was built around 1880. The structure served as a general store and a post office. This is because Postmistress Sarah E. Hunt was married to John Thomas Hunt, the store's owner, and the couple shared the building. It was alternately called Tom Hunt's Store and the Odd Post Office. It is believed that the post office possibly acquired its name because of its location next to the Fraternal Organization of Odd Fellows' lodge building. The road intersecting Poquoson Avenue at this location also acquired the "Odd" name. Photographs exist which show both store and lodge, the latter with members posed in front.
Mrs. Sarah (Sadie) E. Hunt born in 1872 and died in 1962 was appointed Postmistress in May 1904. She is buried at Tabernacle United Methodist Church with her husband, John Thomas Hunt. There are many Hunt descendants living in the Peninsula area as well as Poquoson.
Tom Hunt's Store is still standing today.
Charlie and Georgia McDaniel, long time collectors of antiques, especially items from Poquoson's early days believed that Poquoson's history was too valuable to lose. In the late 1960s, they bought Tom Hunt's General Store on Poquoson Avenue to preserve the turn of the century structure. The store was given status as a historic Virginia building. Thanks to the McDaniel's, the store is full of some original merchandise as well as pieces that came out of other old houses and stores in Poquoson.
In 2003, The Poquoson Historical and Cultural Museum Foundation purchased the former 15-acre Dryden farm tract on Poquoson Avenue. Those 15 acres have been transformed into a unique historical campus. The campus consists of the circa 1910 farm house (now the museum building), the circa 1940 "Miss Becky's Store", a circa 1930 building once used as a polling place and several other significant agricultural outbuildings.
Timing is everything. The McDaniel's decided to donate the store to the Poquoson Museum in 2003, when it became too much to continue looking after. In February 2004, the Museum partnered with the City of Poquoson and applied for a grant through the Virginia Department of Transportation's Transportation Enhancement Program to move and relocate the store roughly a mile down the street to its new home on the Museum's campus. That $100,000 grant provides 80 percent of the project cost and requires a 20 percent match from the locality.
But timing in this case wasn't on the Museum's side. The grant application and required paperwork hit one snag after another, some due to the downturn in the economy and more than one staff turnover at VDOT. Even the name of the grant changed. Now it's called the Transportation Alternatives Program Grant. The grant has increased to $150,000 in federal funding with a required $37,500 local match.
Hopefully the move of the store is nearing final approval. On March 28, the Poquoson City Council agreed to sign the memorandum of understanding among themselves, VDOT, the Federal Highway Administration, the Virginia State Historic Preservation Office and the Poquoson Historic and Cultural Museum Foundation.
Once all the agencies' signatures are in place the next step will be to request bids to move the store. Great news, but unfortunately, it looks likely that the funding to move the store will exhaust the funding remaining in the grant as well as the match funds put up by the museum. Additional funds will be needed to renovate and get the store ready for public viewing. One pressing cost will be the funds needed to replace the existing stamped tin shingles with authentic reproduction metal shingles. Just the shingles and materials are likely to cost on the order of $10,000.
How You Can Help
The museum will need to raise a considerable amount of additional funds for restoration to get the store to a point where it can be opened up to the public without risking damage to the building. On top of that are the general maintenance costs and the costs of meeting the government's strict standards of historical accuracy.
We encourage you to consider becoming a new member of the museum, or renew your current membership. In addition, you can make a donation designated to help renovate the store.
Restoration and opening of Tom Hunt's Store will be a great addition to the Museum's unique historical campus and a real plus for our small city.
If you would like more information about donating or visiting the Poquoson Museum go online to PoquosonMuseum.com. Or you may call Paul Whitlow at 868-6899 or Cliff Coffman at 869-4025.
Marsh Walk Tree Planting
ith 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
Dairy Donated to the Museum
he 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
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.
MUSEUM RESTORES WASH HOUSE
Before & After Views of the Wash House
In 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.
MUSEUM JOHN DEERE TRACTOR
n 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.
BARN RECONSTRUCTION PROJECT
Views before & after the fire, and after restoration
n 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 **
he 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
he 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.
···<<< copy of the City Council Resolution
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
inda R. Freeman and Manfred C. Freeman, Jr. are two of the most dedicated patrons of the Poquoson Museum. Their generous gift has prompted the museum to name the Marsh Walk Trail as an enduring remembrance of Manfred's grandparents, Edward R. and Emma Moore Freeman.