Although our Stay at Home order has drastically changed our lives, we still hope that we will soon begin to attend personal celebrations. The Cottage is available for wedding, bridal party pictures, graduation, and engagement pictures for a small donation. We also have opening for rentals. If you have a last minute need for a location, please consider the “Oldest, Newest Venue” on the Virginia Beach oceanfront. The Cottage specializes in small events up to 50 inside and 150 outside. We would love to host your upcoming special occasion, ie. wedding, baby shower or reveal party, anniversary, or birthday party, graduation party, community meeting, or social club. Contact Martha Davenport, email@example.com for more information.
Callie O’Neal Hen Pintail
Feb 10, 1910-June 4, 1970
Callie O’Neal grew up in North Carolina in the Nags Head area. In his teens his family moved to Churches Island, N.C. He was a commercial fisherman and farmer and a hunting guide for Russell Griggs where Callie started making decoys for the hunting club. His carving style was simple and functional. The decoys had a flat bottom, tapered tail and sloped breast. Note: The paint patterns were very basic. He used a dabbing technique with wet paint and the paint would run and leave streaks.
May and Spring have finally arrived on the calendar and April showers have encouraged many of our cottage flowers to begin blooming, to include the weeds. If you are like me and completed all your home projects and Spring checklist, I have an opportunity for you.
WHO: Anyone who is ready to get out of the house, and allowed under State Guidelines.
DATE NEEDED: Beginning Monday, May 4th at 9am – 11am (every Monday thereafter unless bad weather.) EXPERIENCE: None needed
REQUIRED TOOLS: Garden gloves or a pair can be provided.
OTHER DETAILS: Social distancing guidelines will be followed.
BENEFITS: Sunshine, exercise, nature, and sense of accomplishment.
For more information, please contact our Museum Director at (757) 286-3092
UPCOMING EVENTS & HAPPENINGS
All events are pending. We hope to confirm dates as soon as we are approved to open. Events are located at the Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum/Historic de Witt Cottage, unless otherwise noted.
Friends of the AWHM,
I hope my note finds you all well in this difficult and crazy time. We are experiencing an unprecedented time in our world’s history. COVID-19 has impacted and disrupted almost every function of our daily lives. The same is to be said for the museum. Since the national emergency was declared on March 13th, we estimate a revenue loss of approximately $18,000. Should the stay at home order remain past the June 10th deadline that number will grow.
I wanted to share what steps are being taken to weather this storm.
What I have shared with you above are necessary actions. We are confident with where we sit currently and remain cautiously optimistic about the summer ahead… our “Prime Time”. After poor tourist numbers last summer, another lack luster season is not what the Virginia Beach oceanfront had hoped for. The landscape along Atlantic, Pacific, Arctic, and Baltic will look much different once life returns to semi-normal.
These are the facts that I have to date and are able to share. Should you have questions, comments, or concerns, please reach out to Lynn or myself. Again, we are monitoring the situation closely and guiding the AWHM to smoother waters. Stay safe and well. To all the MOMs, Have A Great Day!
May 7th is National Teacher’s Day! If you have ever taken a teacher for granted you can now see during this pandemic how important their work really is to our community!
While most of you have been staying home to comply with the Virginia Governor’s Order; City of Virginia Beach Contractors have been very busy replacing the roof on the historic deWitt Cottage.
Contractors above are busy applying the new roof on the deWitt Cottage. The new metal roof is made of an alloy that will prevent the roof from rusting like the old roof. The old roof was 30 years old and suffered significant rust damage causing the roof to leak. In addition to all of that work, the iconic New Castle Hotel and the Raven Restaurant (our neighbors) have been torn down.
Here you see the New Castle Hotel as the demolition was started.
Now here you only see the vacant lot where the New Castle Hotel stood next to The deWitt Cottage.
The photograph to the left is the empty slab foundation where the Raven Restaurant stood for more than 50 years.