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Battlefield Park South (120 Reservation Road),
Historic Battlefield Park (1775 Historic Way), and
Great Bridge Lock Park (100 Lock Road)
Chesapeake, VA 23320
Sat. 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM; Sun. 12:00 – 5:00 PM
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Please join us for our 6th Annual Waterways Heritage Festival on October 10 & 11, 2015 (click here to view flyer). Located on the Intracoastal Waterways in Chesapeake, VA, the Waterways Heritage Festival is truly a rich celebration of Chesapeake’s waterways and cultural heritage.
Last year’s festival hosted several guilds, exhibitors, and vendors from across the Commonwealth showcasing the skills, talents, and craftiness of people and their trades that have contributed to the establishment and development of this unique region. Exhibitors and vendors display, demonstrate, and sell handmade crafts including baked goods, basketry, beekeeping, doll making, fiber arts, fine art, glassblowing, handbags, historic Batteaus, jams, jewelry, knitting, lamb cuisine, live music, pottery, quilting, sewing, shaker boxes, sheep shearing, soap making, spinning, storytelling, weaving, wood-carving, and more .
We are always looking to include new talent! If you are interested in becoming a vendor, guild, or exhibitor or participating as a sponsor or volunteer for this fabulous event, please contact Cindy Mulkey at firstname.lastname@example.org or 757-482-4480. Please note that all vendor items must be handcrafted and heritage arts-related and all fiber arts must be 100% natural (no acrylic or nylon). Demonstrations and hands-on workshops are highly encouraged.
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Rules & Regulations & Application
The Waterways Heritage Festival features free admittance, parking, and shuttle service provided by Chesapeake Emergency Response Team and Fire Department. Also this year, attendees will be able to enjoy free docent-led tours of historic Battlefield Park, the unique experience of traveling through the locks (weather permitting), and learning from Batteau and Canal Society members about the history of transportation through the liquid highways of yesteryear. Children can learn how to make cornhusk dolls from local girl scouts, and elementary and middle school students that participate in a Scavenger Hunt Quiz are entered in a raffle for a chance to win a pizza party for their classroom. Fun for the entire family!
Other participants expected back this year include the Army Corp of Engineers, Chesapeake Amateur Radio Service & K4AMG Memorial Amateur Radio Club, Chesapeake Emergency Response Team, Chesapeake Fire Department, Chesapeake Medical Reserve Corps, Chesapeake Office of Emergency Management, Chesapeake Parks & Recreation, Chesapeake Police Department, Chesapeake Sheriff's Office, Master Gardeners, Norfolk County Historical Society of Chesapeake, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Defense Force, and more.
This event benefits the Great Bridge Battlefield Waterways & History Foundation
and is made possible by our sponsors: Atlantic Yacht Basin; Chesapeake Fire Department and CERT; TowneBank; Jo-Kell, Inc.; Chesapeake Sheriff’s Office; Stanton Partners;; and others.
We hope that you join us!
December 5, 2015
SAR/DAR Commemoration of Battle of Great Bridge
December 5 & 6, 2015
21st Annual Battle of Great Bridge Reenactment
20th Annual Battle of Great Bridge Reenactment hosted by
Chesapeake Parks, Recreation and Tourism.
View the 2014 Battle of Great Bridge Reenactment Album
4th Annual Commemoration by the NSSAR and the
61st Annual Wreath Laying by the Great Bridge Chapter NSDAR.
View the 2014 SAR/DAR Commemoration of the Battle of Great Bridge Album
For the over 10,000 boaters who travel our Intracoastal Waterways yearly, we recently replaced our docking pier thanks in part to a generous donation from the Virginia Port Authority. View the Dedication and Ribbon Cutting Album.
*Will return April 1, 2015*
This quickly became a “don't miss” community event! Exquisite cuisine offered by avarietyof mobile urban eateries that provide fresh quality food, prepared by talented chefs in Hampton Roads. Mark your calendars for next year and bring your family, chairs, and appetites to historic Battlefield Park for dinner and fun!!
The 5th Annual Waterways Heritage Festival featured two days of cultural heritage, fine arts, music, and more.
Please visit our Facebook page to view the many event pictures:
2014 Waterways Heritage Festival Album
The 7th Annual Valentine's Wine Tasting was an elegant and truly enjoyable evening. Special thanks to our host Domes Audio Video Enviroments, Rev & Evie Guill of Traditions Revolutionary Catering & Events, and Ian Honaker of Let's Talk Wine.
The 19th Annual Battle of Great Bridge Reenactment featured re-enactments of two pivotal Revolutionary War battles: the Battle at Kemps Landing and the Battle of Great Bridge. The event also features Revolutionary War encampments, demonstrations, character portrayals, camp life, historical displays and lectures, skilled artisans demonstrating early American trades, and children's crafts and activities.
60th Annual Great Bridge NSDAR Wreath Laying &
3rd Annual National Society Sons of the American Revolution Celebration
Attendees were treated to an extraordinary evening with "Colonial Williamsburg’s Patrick Henry” at "TRADITIONS” Revolutionary Catering & Events December 6, 2013.
Even the rain did not put a damper on the 4th Annual Waterways Heritage Festival! As one of the City of Chesapeake’s 50th Anniversary Signature Events, families gathered to learn about Chesapeake’s rich waterways heritage and the many skills, arts and crafts needed to survive and flourish during the 18th century. Families came out to enjoy the many vendors and artisans fromall different parts of the Commonwealth showcasing their traditional skill sets. This year the Foundation was honored to host two historic Batteaus on static displaywhile the Batteau and Canal Society members taught children the history of water transportation. Captain Jim Canterbury provided free boat rides through the locks, and docents provided guided tours of Battlefield Historic Park. The Chesapeake Fire Department, along with CERT, again provided our free shuttle service. New this year was our Pink Fire Truck and Fire Boat for display and demonstrations. Children learned how to make cornhusk dolls from local girl scouts, and elementary and middle school students participated in a Scavenger Hunt Quiz to enter a raffle to win a pizza party for their classroom courtesy of Spaghetti Eddie’s. Those in attendance were entertained by Dulcimer expert Bert Berry; Charles Murla on the fiddle; Oscar Smith High School’s Strolling Strings, directed by their teacher musician Deanna Kringel; and the amazing Bob Zentz. Mark your calendar to join us at next year’s festival October 11 & 12, 2014!!
The 10th Annual Patriot’s Challenge Golf Tournament turned out to be another great event full of fun thanks to our great sponsors and volunteers. …They lined up, the musket fired, and they were off…
The 18th Annual Battle of Great Bridge Reenactment
was once again an amazing recreation of our history. The Reenactment itself was an enthralling portrayal of the thirty minute battle that played a critical role in the Revolutionary War and the subsequent creation of our great nation.
Also this weekend the SAR and DAR co-hosted the Battle of Great Bridge Celebration 2012 at Battlefield Historic Park.
There was much to celebrate in Chesapeake at the 3rd Annual Waterways Heritage Festival October 13th & 14th, 2012. Families joined together to participate and learn about the breathtaking intracoastal waterways and rich heritage. They enjoyed two days of cultural heritage fine arts, and music, and they were able to visit the many guilds and learn firsthand how things are made.
2011 Marked the 17th anniversary of the Reenactment of the Battles of Kemps Landing & Great Bridge. This annual event is held the first weekend in December.
The 2011 Waterways Heritage Festival was a great success! A celebration of the heritage arts, fine arts, and music, the festival brought together vendors and exhibitors from around the Commonwealth with trades varying from knitting to painting, and woodcarving to soapmaking.
On December 4, 2009 the City of Chesapeake, in partnership with Open Roads Consulting and the Great Bridge Battlefield & Waterways History Foundation, honored an American hero, William "Billy" Flora with a street as a Dedication to Billy Flora. Billy Flora, a freed slave that fought on the side of the Patriots, is widely considered a hero of the
Battle of Great Bridge.
Special thanks to the Chesapeake Sheriff's Office & Sheriff John Newhart
for their lead sponsorship of our
2009 Great Bridge Waterways Festival on October 24, 2009!
We are so grateful for their continued support of our cause!
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