The adventures of Jim & Mary on America's Great Loop.
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"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do, than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." -Mark Twain
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Reedville is best known for its Menhaden fishing industry, sometimes called pogies. They are small bony fish used for bait or used in fertilizers and pet foods. In 1874 Elijah Reed transferred his Menhaden fishing operation from Maine to the Chesapeake Bay. When the wind is blowing the right way, there is a pretty stinky smell coming from the plant. Yes, the wind was blowing the right way on our visit, lucky us.
In the early 1900's the Menhaden industry success was reflected in substantial architecture and the bustling commercial activity evidenced in Reedville. A portion of the homes along Main St. north of the church were called Millionaire's Row. Reedville is one of the largest fishing ports in North America.
Some of the houses located on Millionaire Row.
During our stay we visited the Reedville Fisherman's Museum, which was very interesting, went to a fishing tournament celebration, and spent some time exploring all the creeks with the dinghy.