Amory's Seafood Market
101 South King Street, Hampton, VA 23669
About 1966 Saturday, October 9, 2004 Friday, September 1, 2006
Ashtray is clear glass in the shape of a crab; red print advertising on bottom reads:


Measures approx 5 3/4" x 2 3/4"
  At the Hampton City docks next to Amory's Seafood in downtown Hampton, the fishing boat looks like it's coming out of the building. Roads in downtown Hampton were filled with water from Hampton Creek.
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Courtesy of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 10/09/04
Thanks, Dave!
Image by Joe Fudge, Daily Press - 09/01/06

The City's development of the waterfront has largely crowded the fishing boats out of the area.
It's a real shame. You can still see crab pots in the river and see them collected. And crabs are
still cooked and picked on S. King. I love the aroma of them cooking; I hate the aroma when fertilizer
is being made from them! There is a new development push about to burst on the downtown scene
which will have shops, restaurants, things that will encourage pedestrian traffic. They will also try
to freshen up the wharf at S. King Street and try to bring some of the watermen back.
Wasn't there a song about "everything old is new again"?

Amory's is still there and they do buy the daily catch. Interesting side story. Charlie Amory, current owner,
wanted to build a three story, extremely large refrigerator building. Charlie didn't believe that he needed
a permit to build. So he didn't get one. However, what Charlie hadn't counted on was that a crew from Sunday
Night At The Movies was in town, making a film called King Crab. They filmed in Phoebus (Fuller's), City Hall,
St. Mary's school and in a few homes on the east end of Victoria, near the yacht club. Anyway, when the film was
watched at the home of J. Paul Jack, the Building Official, he noticed that the progress of the construction was
documented in the film. And the next day, nearly a year after the structure was built, Paul Jack had an inspector
serve Charlie with a warrant for not having gotten a permit!

I lived in Hampton from 3rd grade and have lived here since, save a short time in Poquoson. And for the last 27
years, I have worked in the engineering department of the City of Hampton. So I know all the roads, what their old
names were, where the sewers are and so much local trivia that I could bore a mute to death.

Well, that's what I can tell you about Amory's wharf and South King.

 - Kathy Pilgrim Clark ('63) of VA - 08/26/04
Thanks, Kathy!

Ahhhh yes ..... Amory's. I remember riding my bike there and buying devilled crabs out the back door, so to speak.
They had a walkup window too if I remember (but hey ... it's been 40 years or so, right???.

And I vividly remember those warm late spring or early fall days at Thorpe .... windows open .... gentle breeze blowing
from the crab factory over on Armistead Avenue. Coupled with the smell of Sunset Creek and Indian River at low tide ....
makes a Hampton boy proud :-).

- Tom Norris (HHS - '73) of VA - 08/27/04
Giggles!  Thanks, Tom!

Oyster Alley is strictly an architect's or PR guy's idea of cuteness. The area was never called Oyster Alley.
However, back in the day ('20s, '30s, early '40s) there was a sort of farm market at the end of Melrose Avenue.
The area was called the Marsh Market (thanks to the Herbert Creek finger of the Hampton River) and folks came
to buy or sell produce. It was commonly known that if you had a truck, you could earn $1 by going over to Amory's
and McMenniman's and Darling's (the 3 oystering plants) and load up the truck bed with oyster shells. The idea
was that you dumped them from the truck as you drove home. Yes, you dumped them into the roadway. As they
were driven over, they made a wonderful driving surface. Shell Road (34th/35th street to you all from NN!) was
named that because of the 'paving technique'.

 - Kathy Pilgrim Clark ('63) of VA - 08/28/04
Thanks, Kathy!

(This page created 10/12/04, after Dave sent us the beautiful image above.  Thanks, Dave!)

Starkist "Charlie Tries Tennis" wav file courtesy of
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 10/12/04
Thanks, Dave!

"Charlie the Tuna" logo courtesy of - 10/12/04

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