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Museum Director’s Message

Museum Director, Lynn Hightower

It’s August, and as I sit here writing this column, the first major Atlantic hurricane of the season is raking the coast of Florida. The Weather Channel is predicting that tropical storm Isaias will come ashore somewhere between Myrtle Beach, SC and Wilmington, NC. It is expected to be a minimal tropical storm as it passes over the Hampton Roads area. Please take appropriate precautions and stay safe.

It is with a great deal of sadness that I am forced to announce we will be cancelling our Fifth Annual Barbecue an Oyster Roast here at the DeWitt cottage. The recent spike in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations make it too dangerous for us to go ahead with planning this event. In fact, we will be cancelling all events and activities in the near future until we have a safe pathway to prevent coronavirus. This means there will be no “Dine Out for the deWitt” this winter and our Christmas Party seems to be in jeopardy as well.

We will have a virtual general membership meeting on September 1st at 7:00 PM on the Zoom Video Network. You may join the meeting on 9/1/2020 at 7:00pm by clicking on the link below:

Join Zoom Meeting

The museum is running a fund raising raffle between now and October 11, 2020, tickets are $10.00 each or 3 for $25.00. The prizes are listed on the ticket above and the drawing will be held virtually on October 11, 2020 at 4:00pm. You can purchase tickets by contacting the director at or any Board Member. You may also purchase tickets online at

Please check out our online gift shop at We have recently added several new books that many of you may find interesting. We will be adding new products to our online gift shop all summer long. If you need a more hands on experience, come visit the Shore Gallery Seaside Giftshop in the deWitt Cottage. They have a stunning collection of seashore themed items where you can find your salt life or that perfect gift for someone special. It would also be a great opportunity to stroll through our beautiful gardens.

I want to thank the Board of Directors for their resilience through the pandemic. They are making every effort to protect the museum and kept it sustainable. We are working with the Small Business Administration on a number of initiatives to enhance the operation of the museum and to ensure its continued operation in the future. I will do my best to keep everyone informed as we weather this very fluid situation.

Lynn Hightower
Museum Director

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