We recently had a meeting in Va Beach. How wonderful it was to see the waves crashing into the shore after a long winter. The ocean has always been a special place for me and my family. My parents loved the ocean and definitely passed their love to their children. My children feel the same way!
We arrived a little early for our meeting so we walked a block down to the DeWitt Cottage. It now is home to the Atlantic Waterfowl Heritage Museum. The cottage was built in 1895 by Bernard Holland. His wife didn't like the sound of the ocean and he built her another home across the street. The DeWitts bought the cottage in 1909 and the home stayed in the family until 1988. The home is quite large and has 14 inch thick brick walls. When I was a teen I can remember many cottages like this one that lined the ocean front. Most of these cottages have now been torn down and replaced by high rise hotels.
Inside the museum there were three men that were carving duck decoys. The museum is filled with many antique decoys. One of the gentlemen carvers told us about the decoy he was holding. It belonged to his great grandfather. He told us he had bags full of these decoys. One similar recently sold for $23,000 dollars! I had no idea that duck decoys were that valuable!
Here are some photos from the museum that now houses memorabilia from the club.
This is a little gem of a museum tucked among the high rise hotels. We enjoyed our visit very much and of course look forward to summer when we come to the beach again and see the beautiful ocean!