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Fall hours begin Friday at Steamboat Era Museum in Irvington

Fall hours begin Friday at the Steamboat Era Museum, Irvington. From then until Nov. 13, the museum will be open Friday, Saturday and Monday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday from 1-4 p.m.

A new exhibit, “Children’s Lives Around the Northern Neck 1880s-1930s,” introduces visitors to children of that era, and youth can write their names on a vintage slate board and play with toys of the era.

A new scavenger hunt has been published for older children. They will learn about the Chautauqua Industrial Desk from the early 20th century and read about Robert R. Taylor, the first African American graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the architect of the Rosenwald schools. Younger children have a special scavenger hunt with a coloring page of a steamboat.

The gem of the museum’s exhibits is the restored pilothouse from the steamer Potomac. A video, in one of the crew quarters, illustrates the restoration and installation of the pilothouse in 2019. Original pieces of the piloth...

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