The Virginia Dare History

Cruising Smith Mountain Lake Since 1989

The Virginia Dare is a 19th Century, replica side wheeler that is 63′ long, 20′ wide and 26.6′ tall. We cruise most days April through December, on beautiful Smith Mountain Lake, in Virginia. We can accommodate 100 guests for a seated meal or 110 for an Hors d’ oeuvres cruise.

The Virginia Dare was built, in the Spring of 1989 and made the long trip, partially by land from La Crosse, Wisconsin to Moneta, Virginia. On it’s journey through many states, it encountered no problems until, it reached a bridge on US Route 220, just outside of Roanoke. The Virginia Dare was stuck for several days. The boat and flat bed carrier were too heavy to cross the bridge together. The 50 ton boat had to be removed from the flat bed so that the two could cross the bridge separately. Finally, in May of 1989, the Virginia Dare completed her maiden voyage.

Originally, the Virginia Dare was docked at Bridgewater Plaza but, for over 10 years, the boat has been moored at the end of Route 853. (Airport Road) The Virginia Dare schedules 2 hour Sightseeing Cruises, Specialty Cruises and Private Charters.

The Virginia Dare also helps out the Community with our annual toy drive, which benefits the Lake Christian Ministries, “A Child’s Christmas” program, helping local Children of need have a brighter Christmas.

The Virginia Dare also helps out the CVAAA, (Central Virginia Agency on Aging) with pet food for their Clients.




Virginia Dare Office

3619 Airport Road Moneta, VA 24121

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