Reedville Fishermen’s Museum
P.O. Box 306
Reedville VA 22539
Mission Statement
To support educational, museum, historic preservation and recreational activities that improve the quality of life of area residents and visitors, including activities to acquire, document and display materials that are historically important to lower Chesapeake Bay (with special emphasis on activities relating to the Reedville fisheries and the lives of the regions watermen), and establish educational programs to interpret this marine heritage.
Web and Social Media
Museum's Claude Somers under sail
CEO/Executive Director Lee Langston-Harrison
Board Chair Bill Brent
Board Chair Company Affiliation Greater Reedville Association
Contact Information
Address P.O. Box 306
Reedville, VA 22539
Telephone 804 453-6529
Fax 804 453-7159
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1987
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
Projected Revenue $257,850.00
Projected Expenses $263,430.00
To support educational, museum, historic preservation and recreational activities that improve the quality of life of area residents and visitors, including activities to acquire, document and display materials that are historically important to lower Chesapeake Bay (with special emphasis on activities relating to the Reedville fisheries and the lives of the regions watermen), and establish educational programs to interpret this marine heritage.
During the past year, we have instituted new events at the museum to enhance our fundraising abilities. Our museum relies solely on the generosity of others for our day to day functions and grants/fundraisers to accomplish advancements and restoration of our facilities and collections. Fundraising is a continuous and vital process to our survivability. A grant has been received to complete the restoration of the Foggy River, a flat-bottom deadrise vessel. When completed, this boat will serve as a floating dock-side classroom giving students and visitors the hands-on opportunity to learn how to fish for crab and oysters with authentic restored equipment.
Fundraisers were also instituted to begin the restoration of Festival Halle, the original 1912 Reedville High School. This facility is the host for many community activities and a rental facility for weddings and dances. By restoring the building, it will enhance our income from the property to help keep the museum moving forward.
Other fundraisers, including a capital fund drive, allowed the museum to finish the restoration of the Butler House, which serves as our office. The Walker House, the oldest standing home in Reedville, was also repainted. In addition, we were able to purchase a replacement large tent used for our biggest events, such as the annual Oyster Roast. We also were able to obtain fans for under our outdoor pavilion, new chairs and tables for events, upgraded our office and archive computers. 
Top goals for the new year include establishing a new program involving the utilization of the National Register boat Claud Somers to test the Chesapeake Bay waters which will help raise awareness of restoring the bay. A new exhibit will be installed at the museum and traveling exhibit also developed. This project will be added to our educational tours conducted by our volunteers. Also, the restoration of Festival Halle will continue to be on the front burner, as its success is vital for our future. During this coming year, we are planning to add three additional events to help boost visitorship and income for projects.
 Our museum hosts, on average, 15-20 fundraising events a year. With only two full-time employees, we are dependent on our strong volunteer force of almost 200. One of our big goals is to increase visitorship to the museum and attract new members. Our volunteer force is aging and we need to bring in to keep the volunteer force viable.
Our most ambitious project is the restoration of Festival Halle (built in 1912, Reedville High School) which hosts numerous community events, lecture series, weddings, dances, etc.. Structural repairs will cost around $60,000 and include exterior brick repair, ceiling repair due to past leaks in roof and floor support replacements. To take the building back to its authentic state as a school, all custom reproduction windows will need to be installed along with repair of sills, at a cost of $35,000.
Also, our National Historic Register fishing vessel, Claud Somers, is in need of structural repairs to the nose due to rot, deck repair/replacement and drydocking for caulking and spot repairs ($11,000).
We also need to replace our aging bulkhead at our dock and the attached deck which hosts our educational groups ($24,000).
The Reedville Fishermen's Museum was established in 1986 when the William Walker House was purchased by The Greater Reedville Association. The Association, primarily through the work of volunteers, restored the house and opened it as the Reedville Fishermen's Museum in 1988. Since then, we've added the Covington Building, thanks to a generous donation from Frank Covington, and the Pendleton Building. The Covington Building houses our permanent and seasonal exhibits while the Pendleton Building is the location of our Boat and Model Shops.
Two of the museum's vessels, the skipjack, "Claud W. Somers", and the buyboat, "Elva C.", have been placed on the National Register of Historic Places. This action speaks to the vital role that our local heritage plays in this nation's history.
Located in the heart of Reedville, Virginia, the museum is dedicated to preserving the heritage of the maritime history of the lower Chesapeake Bay area, the watermen who have plied their trade here for hundreds of years, and the menhaden industry that has existed in Reedville for over a century. This mission is accomplished by acquiring, documenting and displaying materials that are historically important to the area's fisheries and the lives of the watermen, and to further educational programs to interpret this maritime heritage.
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Northern Neck
Northumberland County
Northern Virginia
Lancaster County
Board Chair
Board Chair Bill Brent
Company Affiliation Greater Reedville Association
Term Feb 2016 to Feb 2018
Board of Directors
Board Members
Jennifer Bramblet Volunteer
Bill Brent Volunteer
Bob Byrne Volunteer
Andy Hall Volunteer
Lydia Haynie Volunteer
Becky Haynie Volunteer
Jeanne Hickey Volunteer
Tom Miller Volunteer
Capt. Tom Nutt Volunteer
Karl Pucher Volunteer
Martha Rogers Volunteer
Jim Schafer Volunteer
Dr. Kim Schmidt Volunteer
Dr. Jim Wiley Volunteer
Charles Williams Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 14
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 8
Female 6
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 95
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 14
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Campus Planning and Development
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Community Outreach / Community Relations
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Distributions/ Grant Making
Program / Program Planning
Project Oversight
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Other Boards
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Executive Director
Executive Director Lee Langston-Harrison
Former CEOs
Chuck Backus Mar 2006 - May 2008
Katrina Latimore May 2008 - Apr 2013
Senior Staff
Janet Ridgely Office Manager
Full Time Staff 1
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 200
Contractors 1
Retention Rate 100
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Description From February through May, the Reedville Fishermen's Museum sponsors a monthly lecture series with special guest lecturers on topics related to the Northern Neck area. This is held at our community facility, Festival Halle. There is no charge but donations are accepted.
Population Served Adults
Budget $500.00
Long Term Success The lecture series is now in its 7th year. Average attendance is approximately 75 - 100 per lecture. The series continues our stated mission statement by bringing new historical topics to our local populace.
Description The museum hosts three concerts during June, July and August. Our summer concert series featured a wide variety of styles of music with the lineup being changed each year to keep things fresh. It is a casual atmosphere and is held under our outdoor pavilion. Visitors are welcome to bring their own chairs and relax on the museum lawn also. Many attendees bring their own dinners and picnic before the concert starts. These are excellent community events and attract all age groups.
Population Served Families
Budget $1,800.00
Description Throughout the year, our education committees conducts informational tours of the museum, our seaside garden, and our outdoor exhibits for schhol children, educators, principals, and other related entities. This is done in partnership with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Approximately 20 different groups are hosted each year. Through this program, visitors are educated about local history, fishing history, and the reationship between man and the Chesapeake Bay. They are also shown historic fishing methods and also the importance of preserving the bay for future generations.The education committee is made up entirely of volunteers.
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years)
Budget $1,000.00
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $257,850.00
Projected Expenses $263,430.00
Endowment Value $217,502.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$16,340$77,481$2,300
Individual Contributions$58,747$18,055$69,532
Investment Income, Net of Losses$10,390$45,298$37,249
Membership Dues$42,835$39,412$38,752
Special Events$34,471$83,660$59,938
Revenue In-Kind--$15,150--
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$176,161$243,896$110,005
Administration Expense$115,704$89,939$93,890
Fundraising Expense$20,460$44,381$101,338
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.890.930.95
Program Expense/Total Expenses56%64%36%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue19%25%75%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$1,824,171$1,859,811$1,883,954
Current Assets$161,025$111,615$72,910
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0--
Current Liabilities$2,919$3,143$2,352
Total Net Assets$1,821,252$1,856,668$1,881,602
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities55.1635.5131.00
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit 5/2016View