Parish Point Oyster is a family owned and operated aquaculture oyster farm that has been entrusted with the legacy of the Lynnhaven River oyster, Crassostrea Virginica, dating back to the 16th century.
The significance of the Lynnhaven River oyster originally began when indigenous Indians, as well as explorers traveling from the Old World, discovered the delicacies along the shores. These coveted oysters eventually made it to the tables of European royalty as well as affluent Americans of the late 19th century.
Parish Point Oyster was named based on the location along the Lynnhaven River uniquely positioned over the historic Lynnhaven Parish Church. The church, established by Adam Thoroughgood, and its graveyard were the victims of a storm and erosion which eventually led to its demise by falling into the waters in the mid 1600’s. Among gravestones found were those of Adam and his wife Sarah. Before Adam’s untimely death he was quoted as saying in his will, “I leave my soul to God and my body to be buried at the new Parish Church.”
Our oysters have a distinct offering due in part to our water currents and salinity as well as the abundance of algae for nourishment and flavor. They are salty with a slightly sweet and smooth finish. Hand tumbled, graded, picked and delivered fresh.
Our family understands the significance of the area on which our farm resides and our goal will always be the conservation of the Lynnhaven River as well as to cultivate and nurture our oysters for generations to come.
We are honored at Parish Point Oyster to be able to carry on this tradition of oyster harvesting and look forward to a long lasting relationship with you.