A Brief History of Deltaville, Virginia
Located on the Middle Peninsula with the Rappahannock River to the north, the Piankatank River to the south and the Chesapeake Bay to the east is the town of Deltaville, Virginia.
Deltaville’s history can be dated back to the times of Captain John Smiths exploration of the Chesapeake Bay from 1607 – 1609. It was during this exploration that Smith waded in shallow water off the shores of Deltaville and was stung by a Sting Ray. While this experience almost killed Smith – he named the area Stingray Point and later that evening he ate the Sting Ray for dinner.
Through time Stingray Point would continue to provide history. In 1858 Stingray Point Light was constructed to give guidance to boats entering the harbor of Deltaville. The light remained in service until 1965. Today a full-size replica stands at Stingray Point Marina in Deltaville.
While there is plenty of history of Deltaville that involves water; its Americas pastime of Baseball that brings enthusiast of Ball Parks to Deltaville. The Deltaville Ballpark was built in 1948 and has been through several renovations. In 2016 the ballpark underwent major renovations that are meant to preserve the history that the Ballpark offers to so many and for future generations to come.
But it is the waters off Deltaville and the men and women who work these waters in search of the bays bounty that brings us our most meaningful history. Visit the Deltaville Maritime Museum today to learn more about the life on these waters and the town we call Deltaville.