On March 8, 1862, the CSS Virginia entered the waters of Hampton Roads and destroyed the USS Cumberland and the USS Congress in a battle that showed the supremacy of iron over wood. The following day the Union ironclad Monitor met the Virginia in a battle, which, though fought to a draw, changed the very nature of naval warfare not only in America, but worldwide. One hundred and fifty-three years later, on March 7 & 8, 2015, The Mariners’ Museum will commemorate the two-day Battle of Hampton Roads with a weekend of family fun.
On Saturday & Sunday, with Museum admission, visitors can:
Again this year, visitors can go on a behind-the-scenes tour of the USS Monitor Center Wet Lab at a special discounted rate of $10/person in addition to Museum admission. Guided tours will be offered in half-hour increments throughout the weekend with a limit of 15 people per tour. Tickets can be purchased at the admissions desk during the weekend.
Front Lawn, Main Lobby, & USS Monitor Center
Behind-The-Scenes Conservation Lab Tours
The USS Monitor Center Wet Lab
Ironclad BattleQuest 2015
The USS Monitor Center
Main Lobby & Concourse
Saturday, March 7
“Civil War Photographs”
Every photograph tells a much bigger story. In this illustrated lecture on how to look at Civil War Photographs and understand the moment, historian Carson Hudson examines several interesting and unusual wartime photographs and tells the stories behind the photographic moment.
“The Baker Brothers and the Merrimack”
Anna Holloway, PhD
Maritime Historian, National Park Service
On May 30, 1861, Barnabas and Joseph Baker of the B & J Baker Co. of 2 Campbell’s Wharf, in Norfolk, VA, raised the burned-out hull of the Merrimack from the Elizabeth River. Barnabas, who lived in Portsmouth, and Joseph, who lived in Berkeley, were specialists in salvage and ‘submarine diving.’ Though New Englanders by birth, they threw their lot in with their adopted state and assisted the Confederate Navy in its efforts. Post-war, they were among the salvors who retrieved the remains of the CSS Virginia, and became one of the most important wrecking and salvage companies on the east coast.
“A Conversation with Mr. Lincoln”
Acclaimed Abraham Lincoln interpreter
Sit down with President Abraham Lincoln himself for a conversation about current events. Current for the 1860s, that is! Lincoln will be portrayed by George Buss, an acclaimed interpreter whose likeness to Lincoln and mastery of the 16th president’s history and mannerisms has inspired awe in audiences nationwide. Families will be encouraged to ask questions of the 16th president.
Civil War Beard Competition
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“Three Women, Three Opinions of War”
Caitlin Burke, Wisteria Perry, & Melody Liberatore
A Northern woman, Southern woman and former slave share their experiences and opinions about the Civil War.
Iron Pour Demonstration
History Bites Food-Tasting Event
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Sunday, March 8
“The Civil War and Memory on the Virginia Peninsula”
J. Michael Moore
Curator, Lee Hall Mansion & Endview Plantation
“Lincoln’s Dreams of Death”
Jonathan W. White, PhD
Assistant Professor of American Studies at CNU
USS Monitor Update
National National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
“Quilted in History: The Baltimore Album Quilt in the collection of The Mariners' Museum”
Lauren T. Furey
Coordinator of Interpretation and Volunteers
Share in a multitude of photos of the only actual quilt in the collection of The Mariners' Museum. Enjoy close up views of a 19th century commemorative quilt that was presented to Joshua Young in appreciation of his efforts in establishing a Seamans Bethel in Maryland. Learn about this quilt, the fabrics and a few of the talented stitchers who created it, including Mary Evans and Maria Simon.
Conversation with Mr. Lincoln Student Program
On Friday, March 6, students around the country will be able to participate in a “Conversation with Mr. Lincoln” via video-conferencing. They will learn about the 16th president of the United States, hear his thoughts on the American Civil War and conclude the program with a Q&A session with Mr. Lincoln. The program can be booked for a school group by calling (757) 591-7745.
Civil War Beard Competition
Saturday, March 7 @ 2:30 p.m., Main Lobby
To celebrate the iconic styles of Civil War-era facial hair, participants with beards and mustaches will get to compete in several categories based on Civil War and USS Monitor historical figures. Categories coming soon.
Judges of the competition will include local celebrities, the Hampton Roads Beard and Stache Society, and of course, Abraham Lincoln. It is free to enter with Museum admission, but donations to the Peninsula Food Bank are strongly suggested. There will be a collection box at the registration table.
There will be one winner for each category. Prizes will vary per category but include beard-styling products, gift cards and Museum memberships.
Registration Coming Soon!
Children’s Freestyle Category
Ongoing Saturday, March 7 & Sunday, March 8, Main Lobby
Saturday, March 7, Main Lobby @ 6:30 p.m.
Emceed by Patrick Evans-Hylton
A food tasting event of historic proportions!
The event will be emceed by Hampton Roads celebrity “foodie” and “Virginia’s ambassador of taste” Patrick Evans-Hylton, whose columns can be read in Coastal Virginia magazine and The Virginian-Pilot. Evans-Hylton also regularly appears on WHRV’s “Hearsay,” and on WAVY TV’s Hampton Roads Show.
Tasters will help award trophies, with awards being given in the following categories:
Back for a second year! Top restaurants and caterers in Hampton Roads will compete in a food-tasting event of historic proportions.
The contestants will prepare a selection of traditional 19th century dishes representing the North, the South and the Navy, preparing their best interpretations of dishes that may include:
During the Civil War, coffee beans were not always readily available, requiring folks to get creative about ingredients used to brew “coffee.” Participants will be asked to prepare a coffee beverage without using coffee beans.
Tickets are $35 in advance and $45 day of the event. Museum Members receive $5 off tickets purchased in advance. Tickets include unlimited tastings from all participants and one drink ticket. A cash bar will be available offering beer, wine, grog and other specialty drinks of the Civil War-era. Come hungry!