Get Your Boots On!

Watermen’s Way is a public art project honoring the Watermen and Waterwomen of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. Sponsored by Virginia’s River Realm in conjunction with Lancaster by the Bay Chamber of Commerce, this project benefits the Virginia Watermen’s Association, Steamboat Era Museum, and the RAL Art Center.

These oversized, fiberglass boots are iconic items for the men and women who make their living on the water. Used by the seafood industry across the world, here in the Chesapeake Bay, they have nicknames like “Guinea Slippers,” “Tangier Tennis Shoes,” “Red Balls,” or “Bubba Boots.” Each sculpture is personalized by a local artist, drawing from themes that reflect the lives of the people who work the water, harvesting crabs, oysters, and fish from the Bay, rivers, and creeks.

To learn more about Watermen’s  Way & Virginia’s  oyster resurgence, check out the following:

Where To Get Your Boots On

Watermen’s Way Boots will be on display at these sponsoring locations
from July, 2017 to August, 2018:

“River Critters”

TOWN OF kilmarnock
by Jean Offutt Lewis

Town Centre Park
150 N. Main St.
Kilmarnock, VA 22482

“Technicolor Fishboots”

lancaster by the bay chamber
lancaster community library
by Tommy Fox

16 Town Centre Dr.
Kilmarnock, VA 22482

“It’s  All About Community”

by Wende Szyperski

97 N Main St.
Kilmarnock, VA 22482


kilmarnock inn
by Diana Jamison

34 E Church St.
Kilmarnock, VA 22482


ral art center
by Jan Dobrowolski, Nadine Flood,
and Kay Vincent

19 North Main St.
Kilmarnock, VA 22482

“Step Into the Bay”

by Agnes Carter

17 S Main St.
Kilmarnock, VA 22482


burkes fine jewelers
by Sukey Starkey

86 S Main St.
Kilmarnock, VA 22482

“The Bay’s  Bounty”

bank of lancaster
by Marilyn Sprouse & Lancaster Middle School Art Students

100 S Main St.
Kilmarnock, VA 22482

“Fish Lips”

front Porch Coffee
by Terri Wesselman

139 S Main St.
Kilmarnock, VA 22482

“Crabber’s  Paradise”

OBJECTS, art & more
by David Witbeck

4462 Irvington Rd.
Irvington, VA 22480

“Wading Around”

by Patty Richards

156 King Carter Dr.
Irvington, VA 22480

“Oyster Paisley”

tides inn
by Mary Jo Beswick

480 King Carter Dr.
Irvington VA 22480

“Urbanna Waterman”

by Wanda Hollberg

Town Marina at Upton’s Point
210 Oyster Rd.
Urbanna, VA 23175

“In the Wake”

by Angela Dawson

16552 General Puller Highway
Deltaville, VA 23043

“The Stingray Pair”

stingray point marina
dedicated to The Watermen of Middlesex County

Deltaville Maritime Museum
287 Jackson Creek Rd.
Deltaville, VA 23043

visit all 15 locations

Get your River Realm adventure started. Don’t forget to snap your memories and share on Instagram!