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Great Weekend Lined Up At The Mariners' Museum~The Battle Of Hampton Roads & History Bites!

4 March 2016 by

Battle of Hampton Roads Weekend

March 5 & 6, 2016 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

At The Mariners Museum & Park

Weekend commemorates 154 years since Battle of the Ironclads

On March 8, 1862, the CSS Virginia entered the waters of Hampton Roads and destroyed the USS Cumberland and the USS Congress in a battle that showed the supremacy of iron over wood. The following day the Union ironclad Monitor met the Virginia in a battle, which, though fought to a draw, changed the very nature of naval warfare not only in America, but worldwide. One hundred and fifty-four years later, on March 5 & 6, 2016, The Mariners’ Museum will commemorate the two-day Battle of Hampton Roads with a weekend of family fun.

On Saturday & Sunday, with Museum admission, visitors can:

  • Experience Living History encampments and demonstrations
  • Enjoy family programs and games, including Ironclad BattleQuest, a fun, interactive family adventure game
  • Engage in educational lectures from historians and experts in the field
  • Meet Abraham Lincoln

Again this year, visitors can go on a behind-the-scenes tour of the USSMonitor Center Wet Lab at a special discounted rate of $10/person in addition to Museum admission. Guided tours will be offered at select times throughout the weekend with a limit of 15 people per tour. Tickets can be purchased at the admissions desk during the weekend.

New this year! Don't miss Friday night's inaugural Sip and Sculpt event, where guests will enjoy refreshments while creating their own mold to be used for the iron pours later in the weekend! 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Registration is required.

History Bites

Saturday, March 5, 2016, Main Lobby @6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Awards Presentations will begin at 8 p.m.

Tasters will help award trophies, with awards being given in the following categories:

  • Judges’ Choice: our celebrity judges will be joined by Abraham Lincoln himself!
  • Ironclad Chefs’ Choice: Civil War food historians Wisteria Perry and Eric Jeanneret will choose the most historically accurate dish
  • Best Presentation: Also chosen by our celebrity judges
  • Peoples’ Choice: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, voted on by you!

2016 Restaurants and Caterers


Back for a third year! Top restaurants and caterers in Hampton Roads will compete in a food-tasting event of historic proportions.

Contestants will prepare interpretations of a selection of dishes representing items you may have found at a traditional Civil War era picnic:

  • Grandma's Bean Soup
  • Fried Salt Pork
  • Yankee Pork and Beans
  • Maccaroni Pudding
  • Sweet Potato biscuits with ham
  • Pork- To Roast A Pig
  • Clam Chowder
  • Bouillabaisse
  • Plum Cobbler
  • Sliced Apple Pudding
  • Apple Fritters
  • Apple Custard
  • and more!

Tickets are $35 in advance and $45 day of the event. Museum Members receive $5 off tickets purchased in advance. Tickets include unlimited tastings from all participants and one drink ticket. A cash bar will be available offering beer, wine, grog and other specialty drinks of the Civil War-era. Come hungry!


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