Deltaville in Middlesex County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The contents of the culling board are sorted. The oysters sometimes grow on each other, large and small. The waterman uses a culling hammer to separate the individual oysters. The hammer handle also has a measuring gauge. Any oyster smaller than three inches must be returned to the oyster bed. Empty shells are also returned, since the baby oysters attach to larger shell as they grow. Anything else brought
Hand tonging is hard, slow work. Sometimes each “lick” of the tongs brings up only a few oysters. Even so, most of the oyster harvest from the Chesapeake is taken with hand tongs.
Location. 37° 33.109′ N, 76° 19.358′ W. Marker is in Deltaville, Virginia, in Middlesex County. Marker can be reached from Jackson Creek Road (Virginia Route 660) 0.1 miles south of Bucks View Lane (Virginia Route 683), on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. This marker is on the property of the Deltaville Maritime Museum down by the waters edge. Marker is at or near this postal address: 287 Jackson Creek Road, Deltaville VA 23043, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fish Story (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Compass Rose (about 300 feet away); Flagpole and Flag Etiquette (about 400 feet away); Confederate Boarding Cutter (about 600 feet away); Captain John Smith’s Shallop (approx. 0.2 miles away); F.D. Crockett (approx. ¼ mile away); Stingray Point (approx. one mile away); Battle of Cricket Hill (approx. 4.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Deltaville.
Also see . . . Deltaville Maritime Museum. (Submitted on August 26, 2016.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 26, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 25, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 324 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 25, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.