Three young longleaf at Calloway Forest Preserve.
Longleaf Pine Young longleaf pines in the "bottlebrush" stage. © Sydney Bezanson

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Lecture: Tapping History


The untold story of longleaf pine, naval stores and Virginia's founding forest.

Join us at the Mariners' Museum and Park to uncover the untold story of longleaf pine, naval stores, and Virginia's founding forest.

Tar, pitch, turpentine and rosin—known collectively as naval stores—were as important in the era of wooden sailing ships as petroleum is today. The South once dominated the naval stores industry, which tapped vast longleaf forests for resin and ultimately decimated them.

Discover how conservationists are bringing back the majestic longleaf as part of Virginia’s heritage and our resilient future.

Presented by Brian van Eerden and Harry Warren.

  • Brian van Eerden is the director of The Nature Conservancy’s Virginia Pinelands Program. He manages the Conservancy’s land acquisition and forest management projects across southeastern Virginia. He received his MS degree in botany from the University of Georgia and his BA degree in plant science from Pennsylvania State University.
  • Harry Warren, a native of Wilmington, North Carolina, received a BA degree in history from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and an MA in history and museology from East Carolina University. His 34-year museum career includes work at the North Carolina Aquarium, the Smithsonian, Cape Fear Museum and as director of the North Carolina Museum of Forestry, where he retired in 2013.

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Tickets are required for this event. General admission tickets are $5 each. Mariners’ Museum member tickets are free.