We’re not building a trail. We’re cultivating local economy.

The Virginia Oyster Trail is a visitor-directed experiential “journey of discovery” program featuring Virginia’s Oyster regions; with unique waterman/aqua-artisan sites, inviting community narratives and many hospitality, creative, culinary, cultural and activity points of interest to be found along the way. Fundamental to its visitor experience attributes, the program focuses on increasing awareness of the benefits Virginia Oysters have on local economies; with emphasis on community development, environmental stewardship,entrepreneurial growth, health attributes and the cultural integration of Virginia’s distinctive aquaculture way of life.

We gratefully acknowledge the generous support of these organizations and individuals, who, through their commitment to the Virginia Oyster Trail, are contributing to its success.


  • Kerry Allison, Eastern Shore Tourism Commission
  • Monika Bridgeforth, Barrier Islands Center
  • Michelle Brown, Middlesex Economic Development & Tourism
  • Jeb Byers, Christchurch School
  • Susan Cockrell, Town of Kilmarnock
  • AJ Erskine, Bevans Oyster Company
  • Steve Galyean, Virginia Tourism Corporation
  • Lisa Hamaker, Taste Tidewater Tours
  • Lisa Hull, Northern Neck Planning District Commission
  • Mike Hutt, Virginia Marine Products Board
  • Alva Jackson, Ma Margaret’s House Bed & Breakfast
  • Doug Jackson, VA Dept. of Housing and Community Development
  • Mariah Johnson, Artisans Center of Virginia
  • Michelle Jones, VA Dept. of Housing and Community Development
  • Michael Kimball, Willisamsburg Winery
  • Carl Knoblock, Small Business Administration
  • Tommy Leggett, Chessie Seafood & Aquafarms
  • Jon Lohman, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities
  • Staci Martin, Virginia Tourism Corporation
  • Lonnie Moore, Independent Waterman
  • Heather North, Chesapeake Bay Foundation VA Oyster Restoration
  • Mike Oesterling, Shellfish Growers of Virginia
  • Dudley Patteson, Dog & Oyster Vineyard/Hope & Glory Inn
  • Jason Perry, Rappahannock Community College
  • Lisa Carol Rose, Independent Waterwoman
  • Jackie Shannon, Chesapeake Bay Foundation VA Oyster Restoration
  • Stacey Shiflett, Virginia Beach Resort Hotel & Conference Center
  • Sherri Smith Artisans Center of Virginia
  • Hilton Snowdon, Gloucester Parks, Recreation and Tourism
  • Iris Treakle, RiverLand Insurers
  • Margaret Van Clief, The Nature Conservancy
  • Stephen Versen, Virginia Department of Agriculture
  • Bruce Vogt, Vogt Oyster Company
  • Mills Wehner, Chatham Vineyards
  • D’Arcy Weiss, Artisans Center of Virginia

Guided by the Artisans Center of Virginia (ACV) the Virginia Oyster Trail management team is a locally-representative, collaborative task force of potential stakeholders including local officials, economic development, tourism, private/public organizations as well as representatives from oyster-related businesses. Trail development is an important process. ACV’s well thought out approach has evolved through years of fostering community-managed artisan trails throughout the Commonwealth. This requires active local leaders with an entrepreneurial spirit.

Artisans Center of Virginia - ACV Green logo logo Barrier Islands Center logo Chatham Vineyard on Church Creek logo Chessie Seafood and Aqua Farms logo Christchurch School sponsor logo Dog & Oyster Vineyard sponsor logo Eastern Shore of Virginia Tourism Commission logo Kilmarnock Antique Gallery sponsor logo Ma Margaret’s House logo Middlesex County logo Northern Neck Planning District Commission logo Riverland Insurers logo Shellfish Growers of Virginia logo The Hope and Glory Inn logo Virginia Department of Agriculture logo Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development logo Virginia is for Lovers logo Virginia’s Northern Neck logo


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