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May 16, 2021
4:00 PM
Via Zoom
Saluda, VA 23149
Watermen-Payne Sisters Urbanna
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Tangier Islanders in Urbanna and The Great Storm of 1933 by the Middlesex County Museum and Historical Society

Sunday, May 16, 2021

The program will include a discussion of Tangier Islanders in Middlesex County in the 1930s and thereafter, and the effects of their presence on the county. Tangier Islanders, residents of a community located in the Chesapeake Bay that is largely dependent on fishing, began to appear in Middlesex County in the 1920s, often as part-time residents who worked as watermen during the week and returned to their families on Tangier on the weekends. After the Great Storm of 1933—a hurricane in the era before hurricanes were named—damaged and destroyed many of the buildings on the island, many families left the island and settled in other parts of Virginia. Those who came to Middlesex relocated to Urbanna, and many of them stayed. To request the Zoom link or telephone dial-in number for this lecture, please sign up on the Museum’s website:, email, or call 804-758-3663