Atlantic Wildlife Heritage Museum
Region: Oceanfront Central (11-25), Virginia Beach
This unique museum is located in the last remaining Virginia Beach Boardwalk cottage, de Witt Cottage, which was built in 1895. There is an array of wildfowl artifacts and art as well as representations of the early history of the Virginia Beach. And the best part is that admission is free.
We are the oldest structure on VB's oceanfront! Built in 1895 by B. P. Holland, a railroad clerk (also first elected Mayor of Virginia Beach) as a wedding present for his new bride. Mrs. Holland never enjoyed living in the house because the waves crashing on the beach at night kept her awake. The Hollands moved out after about one year in residence! ... See MoreSee Less
New website launched November 3, 2016, awhm.org. Check us out on the web! Online gift shop coming soon ... See MoreSee Less
Friday March 18th, 2016
FREE ADMISSION ... See MoreSee Less
We will be visiting September 20th-22nd. Will you have any programs on those days?
Sam had a wonderful time watching Pete carving and learning. We will be back
Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum added 2 new photos.
Tuesday December 29th, 2015
With Great sadness this post is made in memory of Bud Coppedge...from "The Wildfowler" [Winter 2015]-the Museum's Newsletter.
Most early Tuesday afternoons, you will find Bud Coppedge quietly carving in the carving room. It is NOT always quiet because Bud is a magnet for Guild members and other folks to come and visit. His knowledge of decoys and local fowling history is nearly encyclopedic, though he might not claim it that way. Bud is both a carver and a collector. Raised on Lakewood Circle [about seven blocks from the de Witt Cottage], Bud has been around here for years. He has hunted all over Back Bay and Currituck Sound with friends and family alike. After graduating from high school, Bud went to work as an emergency dispatch officer for the city of Virginia Beach. He and his wife wanted to “get away from the crowds” and moved to Pungo in 1974 to raise their son and daughter.
In 1970, Bud went to a show and saw some people carving and thought, “I could do that.” And so he did. He didn’t take classes, but was/is able to appropriate what he saw into what he carves. While he has carved standard decoys, his preference these days is miniatures [which are very popular products in the Museum Gift Shop] because “you can hold ‘em in your hand.”
Bud travelled the Decoy Show Circuit extensively for many years, making friends at all of the shows and both teaching and learning much about the forms/styles of numerous carvers, both regional and national. Another Guild member said, “Bud knows EVERYTHING. He can just look at a decoy and tell you who made it and when it was made!” He still enjoys going to shows, but not nearly as many as before. But he stays in contact with many of his collector and carver friends still “trades”. When asked what the best decoy he carved is, he remains silent.
When asked what the best decoy he has collected is, in “Bud fashion”, he replies, “Well, I guess that would be my Mason Premiers. But I’ve got a lot of coots, too.” Bud has been in this business long enough to know that “best” is in the eye of the beholder. There is no doubt he’s got an eye for quality decoys and a deep understanding of their history. As co-author of ¬Gun Clubs and Decoys of Back Bay and Currituck Sound, Bud was instrumental in getting much information from local families with whom he had hunted over the years. This information is truly invaluable to understand the region’s rich history. While the book is out of print it is still highly sought after by a number of people. And so is Bud!
While Bud’s work is appreciated by many, those who know him appreciate that he is a man of quality and integrity and also know that his true focus is his family. He and Julie still live in Pungo and still enjoy their family and each other. We thank Bud for all of his contributions and we thank Julie for being supportive. ... See MoreSee Less
Thank you for sharing.
He will be missed
Prayers to his family. People like him are hard to find these days.
Rest in peace Bud...you will be missed by all that knew you!
He will be missed. I hadn't seen him in years, but always a true gentlemen. He was also an outstanding photographer.
He is truly an amazing man! He will be greatly missed!
Thanks Tommy O'connor, I thought alot of Bud. Was an honest and good man in life and business.
Sorry to hear of Bud's passing
My great Uncle Buddie was a great guy. Always calm and peaceful. My dad and him have been traveling to shows together since before I was born...big hugs to my cousins and Great Aunt Julie.
So sorry to hear...
Don and my hearts go out to you and your family!
So sorry to hear this prayers and blessings for you all
Regina Waterfield, show this to your Dad
- My first real carving knife came about because of Bud. 7 years ago I showed up at the de Witt to carve and find some help. Plenty of guys offered carving advice but the first words out of Bud's mouth were, "call Bob Barts (RIP) and ask him for a heavy number 6"
My brother Jack did alot of carvings and beautiful work, wish he was still with us.
His work is amazing! I carve shorebirds myself in alabama!
very nice story about a very NICE guy
What a wonderful post about a special brother-in-law. Buddy will be missed by Bill & I and our family.
Tuesday September 15th, 2015
Decoy Road Show is a Free Decoy appraisal. Many people have old decoys they received from a relative and don't know the relative [auction] worth of them. Recently, 2 old "unassuming" decoys went for over $1.1 Million EACH. Those may be exception, but you never know the treasures in your attic!
Intro to Carving is especially aimed at youth [ages 9 and up], so if you know any Brownies, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts or Boy Scouts - share this post and let their parents know we are family friendly!
Thanks. ... See MoreSee Less
I sent you a message with a bunch of pictures.
Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum added an event.
Monday September 14th, 2015
A Party, Celebration and Interesting Event in One!
DUCK DAY AT THE DE WITT
Can 525 Friends make this event go viral?! Going to be a BLAST. And hey- it's FREE.
A LOT OF PEOPLE have an old decoy that parents or grandparents gave them. Bring them to this event and find out how much they're worth. [You might be surprised... Some decoys are fetching over $600,000 at auction.
If you're tired of your kids playing video games, why not bring them out and how to learn to carve and maybe enroll them for some upcoming classes. We'll be using soap and DULL knives on the 19th - but their hands will be clean and not attached to their games...
More information will be coming out soon, but plan on coming to the Oceanfront on September 19. Something will be going on from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. We'll have some great carvers on hand to show folks "how it's done".
Send this out to everyone, please. We should have a good time. Thanks - c ... See MoreSee Less
Friday April 17th, 2015
We are the oldest structure on VB's oceanfront (lighthouses at Cape Henry are not "technically" on the oceanfront). Old as she may be, this place is the COOLEST place at the oceanfront. 120+40+20 in 2015!!! ... See MoreSee Less
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Atlantic Wildlife Heritage Museum
1113 Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach, VA, United States