The Ghost Fleet of Mallows Bay
In the middle of the Potomac in Mallows Bay, lies the largest shipwreck fleet in the Western Hemisphere, a haunting legacy of WWI. In April 1917, President Woodrow Wilson approved the greatest shipbuilding program in history: an order for 1,000 ships to make up the shortage of transport vessels needed for the war effort. The war ended before any ships were put into service and hundreds were simply scrapped in the Bay. This exhibit will explore the history of this “Ghost Fleet,” tell the stories behind a scandalous wartime boondoggle and highlight the rich archaeological and ecological treasure it has become today.
The House is shown by guided tour on the hour and last approximately 1 hour. The first tour each day will begin at 10 am, and the last at 3 pm.
March – December
10:00 am to 4:00 pm Wednesday – Saturday
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm Tuesday & Sunday
Closed Mondays and major holidays
$10 Adults; $8 Seniors (62 and Above); $5 Students; Children under age 12 – free
Members of National Trust for Historic Preservation – $5