Weekend commemorates 156 years since Battle of the Ironclads
On March 9-11, 2018, The Mariners’ Museum and Park will commemorate the Civil War Battle that changed modern naval history forever. The Battle of Hampton Roads, when the Union ironclad USS Monitor fought the Confederate ironclad CSS Virginia to a draw, proved the supremacy of iron to wood. One hundred and fifty-six years later, the Museum remembers the Battle with a weekend full of family-friendly activities, special events, lectures, and more! This year, in addition to the Battle itself, the weekend will focus on technology in the Civil War.
Activities both outside and inside the Museum will occur Saturday and Sunday and will include:
Sip & Sculpt
Friday, March 9, 2018
Main Lobby @ 7:00 p.m.
Enjoy adult beverages and light hors d'oeuvres while creating your own iron-cast molds.
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Saturday, March 10, 2018
Main Lobby @ 6:30 p.m.
Don your most creative Steampunk clothes and accessories, and sample a delicious array of foods during this year’s Steampunk-themed History Bites!Click here for details
Ongoing Weekend Activities
Pegram's Battery, a volunteer artillery unit from Petersburg National Battlefield, will perform firing demonstrations with a reproduction of a 12-pound Napoleon cannon.
Naval officers and sailors
Naval officers and sailors aboard a Civil War ironclad warship will be portrayed by the Tidewater Maritime Living History Association.
Coffee with the cook
Visitors can enjoy a cup of coffee on the deck of the Monitor replica, while learning about cooking aboard the USS Monitor. A cook will prepare portions of a daily meal that was served to men enlisted in the war.
The Tidewater Blacksmith Guild and the Central Virginia Blacksmith Guild will demonstrate ironwork techniques. Visitors will also see an embalmer and a coffin maker at work.
H. L. Hunley, 1863 submarine replica
A reproduction of the 1863 Submarine, H. L. Hunley, will be available to view. The vessel was used by the Confederate States of America during the Civil War.
Abraham Lincoln & John Ericsson
Snap a selfie with the 16th president of the United States, and USS Monitor designer, John Ericsson. Both will visit with attendees throughout the weekend!
Pick up your BattleQuest scavenger hunt guide in the concourse! The interactive game will transport you back to the American Civil War. Find out how technology changed the war, try your hand at sending a telegraph, talk to Abraham Lincoln and take a selfie with John Ericsson. Learn about Civil War technologies, and so much more, before receiving a special certificate.
Visit our Community Partners, who will have tables set up in the Concourse:
Create Your Own Cast Iron Mold
Saturday only, March 10, 2018 @ 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
(available while supplies last)
For $20, participates will carve designs into sand casting molds and watch as they are turned into metal souvenirs right in front of them!
Iron Foundry and Casting Demonstrations
Saturday only, March 10, 2018 @ 12 - 5 p.m.
Main Museum Parking Lot
Experts will use a portable blast furnace to demonstrate traditional methods of mold making, iron pouring, and foundry work. They will employ the same techniques used to build the USS Monitor.
Green Sand Molding Demonstration
Saturday only, March 10, 2018 @ 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Main Museum Parking Lot
See the historical molding method used to create many of the cast metal components of USS Monitor..
Behind-the-scenes Tours of the USS Monitor Batten Conservation Lab
Saturday & Sunday @ 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m.
Returning this year are the popular behind-the-scenes tours of the USS Monitor Batten Conservation Lab. Guests can enjoy a backstage look at the famed USS Monitor Center and its Wet Lab, where 200 tons of artifacts from the USS Monitor are undergoing conservation. Tours are $10 per person, and are suited for ages 10 and up. Closed-toed shoes only. Photography permitted for personal use only. Limit of 15 people per tour. Visitors can sign up for scheduled tours throughout the day at the Admissions Desk.
Sip and Sculpt
Friday, March 9, 2018 @ 7 p.m. - 9 p.m., Main Lobby
Returning this year, a Battle of Hampton Roads Weekend event where guests can enjoy a glass of their favorite adult beverages while creating their own iron-cast molds.
The molds will then be used to turn the design into a work of art using traditional iron-casting techniques during iron pour demonstrations throughout the weekend.
Space is limited. Tickets include 1 scratch block, 2 drink tickets, and light hors d’oeuvres.
$50 for guests, $35 for Members
Saturday, March 10, 2018, Main Lobby @ 6:30 p.m.
A food tasting event of HISTORIC proportions!
Don your most creative Steampunk clothes and accessories, and sample a delicious array of foods during this year’s Steampunk-themed History Bites!
Hampton Roads’ top restaurants,caterers, and culinary schools will prepare their best interpretations of 19th-century dishes, representing both the North the South and the Navy. We will have two signature drinks: “Cherry Bounce,” and “Lemon Punch,” at the bar. Cherry Bounce is made of cherries, sugar, bourbon and cinnamon, while the Barbados Lemon Punch includes lemons, sugar, brandy, and rum.
Newport News’ Ironclad Distillery is the specialty drink sponsor for this event.
Guests are free to dress to the nines in a Steampunk-themed outfit or come in casual dress. Mingle with others—including character Abraham Lincoln—and vote for favorite entrees, sides and desserts.
Cooks will compete for the coveted Cast-Iron Skillet Awards, including People’s Choice and Judge’s Choice.
Tickets: $35 ($30 for Museum Members). $45 day of the event.
Tickets include unlimited food tastings and one drink ticket.
A cash bar will be available offering beer and wine.
2018 Participants Coming Soon
2018 Participating Restaurants, Caterers, and Culinary Schools: