Chessie Seafood and Aqua Farms

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in oyster shell recycling.

We grow oysters at the mouth of the salty York River, about 20 miles from the Atlantic, and only a mile or so from Yorktown

Tours By Appointment. Please give us several days advanced notice. See information on scheduling a private tour below.
The Oyster Farm is operational year round and oysters are harvested daily for delivering and shipping.

Professional Distinction: Demonstrations, Exhibition, Wholesale Production

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Please call several days in advance. $45/per adult, $10/child 12 or under. Add $5/adult to pair a locally brewed beer or wine with an oyster sample while on the farm. Participants will learn about oyster farming on a short boat ride to the farm aboard a 21’ Carolina Skiff and actually do a little light farm work to get a taste of what is involved. I am a US Coast Guard Licensed Captain and have worked the waters of the Chesapeake Bay since 1981. I have lived within a couple blocks of a Virginia Tributary of the Bay my entire life.

Who Are We?

The Chesapeake Bay Serpent, Chessie, brings the legendary taste of York River shellfish fresh to the market. Oysters that were demanded by British royalty during colonial days are now provided by Chessie Seafood and Aquafarms. Owner and grower Tommy Leggett works along side fellow grower Amanda Jackson to raise oyster seed in the salty waters of the York River until they reach market size, which gives the oyster a unique and desired taste that locals of the Chesapeake Bay crave.

Where do York River OystersT Grow?

Our farm is less than 1/2 mile away from the site of General Lord Cornwallis surrender at Yorktown to General George Washington in 1781 ending the American Revolution. Only 5 miles upstream is the site where Captain John Smith’s life was saved in 1608 by Pocahontas, the daughter of Powhatan, Chief of the powerful Algonquin Confederacy of Native Americans that dominated Virginia prior to the European settlement of North America. Historically, the York River contained oyster reefs that the first colonists to Virginia used as a vital food source.

Finding and Ordering

York River OystersT can be found at the following local restaurants in Williamsburg VA:

Order direct by:


Tommy Leggett




9576 Ban Rd
Hayes, VA 23072

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