Morattico museum unveils new video
Memories of long days on the water and in the crab houses, or huddled around the coal stove in the general store, are recalled at the Morattico Waterfront Museum, with the help of its new video, “Morattico Memories.”
The 18-minute film was produced by MediaMax Video, of Heathsville and Richmond, Virginia.
“Morattico is a special place with a strong emotional hold, not only on the people who grew up there, but those who have moved there,” said Mark Huffman, President of MediaMax Video. “That in itself helps make this a powerful piece.”
The video was written and narrated by Frank Saunders, who grew up in Morattico and now lives in Richmond. When he tells the story of Morattico, he in many instances speaks from first hand experience.
The video also includes oral history interviews with other longtime residents, who recall the steamboat era, hurricanes, and a time when crab shacks dominated the waterline and workboats from throughout the Chesapeake plowed the waters of the Rappahannock River.
“I think anyone who wants to understand what life was life along the Northern Neck waterfront when the fishing industry was at its peak will enjoy seeing this,” Huffman said.
The film will be shown to visitors to the museum in the waterside village in upper Lancaster County, Virginia. The museum also plans to package the video on DVD for sale to the public later this summer.
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