March 7 & 8, 2015
Weekend commemorates 153 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-three years later, on March 7 & 8, 2015, 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
- Meet Abraham Lincoln
- New This Year! Historic iron-casting and iron-working demonstrations
Again this year, visitors can go on a behind-the-scenes tour of the USS Monitor Center Wet Lab at a special discounted rate of $10/person in addition to Museum admission. Guided tours will be offered in half-hour increments throughout the weekend with a limit of 15 people per tour. Tickets can be purchased at the admissions desk during the weekend.
Top restaurants and caterers in Hampton Roads will compete in a food-tasting event of historic proportions. The contestants will prepare a selection of traditional 19th Century dishes representing both the North and South, preparing their best interpretations of dishes.
Tickets are $45 and include tastings of over 10 recipes. There will be a cash bar offering beer, wine, grog and Barbados Punch. Come hungry!
$35 in advance ($45 day of event)
Children 12 and under are free with a paying adult.
**Early registration discount is added at checkout.**