For three generations, Jimmy Kelly's family has been growing oysters and clams in Hog Island Bay. James A. Kelly Sr., Jimmy's grandfather, started growing oysters around Fowling Point in 1905 while care-taking the famous Fowling Point Gunning Lodge. Kelly Sr. grew seed oysters for Newcomb and Hand Oyster Co. to supply the boom of Delaware Bay Oysters in the early 1900's. After James A. Kelly Sr.'s passing, Jimmy's father continued to grow oysters for the shucking market with Harvey L. Bowen of Willis Wharf. It was only natural that Jimmy would go into the oyster business; after serving in the Coast Guard he came home to the Eastern Shore and sold his first box of oysters in 1988. In 1990, he built a small shucking operation in Red Bank, Virginia, and in 2002 he started his clam aquaculture operation in Willis Wharf. Jimmy continues to expand and diversify Broadwater Seafood to provide his clients with not only great seafood, but a story that embodies the history and tradition on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.  

Loading oysters. Broadwater, Virginia approx. 1890

Loading oysters. Broadwater, Virginia approx. 1890