Our Story

In 1974, a group of local carvers formed the Back Bay Wildfowl Guild hoping to showcase the wildfowl art, carvings, artifacts, and photographs of our area. When the City of Virginia Beach purchased the historic de Witt Cottage in 1992, the Guild thought this would be the perfect location for their museum. Together, the guild and the Virginia Beach Foundation converted the 100 year old cottage into a waterfowl museum, gift shop, and home for the Guild.
our history is our legacy
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Historic de Witt Cottage

Step back in time and into Virginia Beach history at de Witt cottage, the 1895 home of our museum.

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Wildfowling Heritage

Meet expert carvers and friendly volunteers who are happy to share their knowledge and talents.

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Art & Exhibits

Take a close up look at our remarkable collection of wildfowl art and carvings in our hunt club setting.

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