Mon - Friday 10am – 2pm
Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday 1pm - 5pm
Inside the Cape Charles Museum you will find a variety of exhibits that allow the inquisitive a glimpse into the town's rich history. Originally planned in the late 1800's as a railroad town, Cape Charles thrived until the 1960's when the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel was opened and the ferry terminal business disappeared. Today's Cape Charles is experiencing a rebirth as tourists, retirees, and remote workers visit and relocate.
The current exhibit on the nearby soon-to-be restored Rosenwald school has proved so popular it will be in place through the end of 2019.
Originally the home of two enormous generators, the museum still contains one of them today on permanent display. This huge machine produced extra power for the town when electricity was much less reliably available. Ask a volunteer to demonstrate how the parts function; it's very impressive to see them smoothly operate.
Other interesting displays include a working scale model steam engine and train, and Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel (in 1964 declared one of the seven wonders of the modern world) diagrams. Tuesdays are a popular day to visit, as the Cape Charles Farmer's Market is held on the grounds just outside the museum's doors.