Two new exhibits are now on display at the Tavern Museum in King and Queen Courthouse. The museum is staffed by volunteers of the King and Queen County Historical Society.
One new display features marine animal fossils and sharks' teeth that span many geological eras. Most of the items in the collection were found in King and Queen by Newell Randall, a long-time resident of the county who has been fossil hunting since the age of ten. Noted geologists and natural history curators have helped Randall identify his finds. The display includes large megalodon teeth and information about the huge creatures that inhabited this area during the age of dinosaurs. Mr. Randall enthusiastically shares his fossil hunting experiences with students and encourages them to discover the world "beneath our feet."
The second new exhibit tells the story of the 2009 discovery of the oldest archaeologically-investigated vessels in Virginia. The remains of the boats were found off the Mattaponi shoreline at Newington Plantation, and documented by the Virginia Department of Historic Resources. The historic property is owned by Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hurst.
The museum is open Fridays and Saturdays from 10 AM to 4 PM and Sundays from 1 - 5 PM, and closed Easter, Mother's Day, Father's Day and December through mid-March. The museum is located at 146 Court House Landing Rd., King and Queen Courthouse, VA 23085. Admission is free; donations are appreciated. Come visit the new exhibits and enjoy the Tavern Museum's Holiday Open House on Sunday, December 3 from 2-4 PM. To find out more, visit the Historical Society website at http://www.kingandqueenmuseum.org.
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