You have come ashore in Morattico, Lancaster County, Virginia.
Some people describe this place as a quaint fishing village, we just call it home.
Where in the world is Morattico, Virginia you say; well it's on a peninsula of land
called the Northern Neck, situated between the Potomac and Rappahannock Rivers
that flow into the Chesapeake Bay. In 1608, Captain John Smith referred to it as a
place heaven and earth never agreed better to frame man's habitation.
George Washington merely called it the Garden of Virginia.
Morattico, a riverside village in the Northern Neck of Virginia has depended since
the 17th Century for its sustenance and identity on the Rappahannock River. A
major effort of village residents has centered around the restoration and
preservation of the Morattico General Store, which now houses the Morattico
Waterfront Museum. This website chronicles the efforts of the residents of this village to sustain itself and to preserve its identity and heritage through the ongoing development of the museum during a time when oyster and crab populations in the Rappahannock River and the Chesapeake Bay have shrunk dramatically, making it difficult for watermen to survive and challenging for a waterfront village-like Morattico to remain a vital and vibrant community.
Pictured is the 1901 Museum building with is iconic Esso gas pump and Esso sign. The vintage gas pump was donated by the local Crabbe family and used on their dairy farm during the 1940s.
The Morattico Waterfront Museum is a member of the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) and is a 501(c)3 organization. Morattico is a designed national and state historic district.