Pirates for Hire!
The Moody Crewe

Who We Are

    The Moody Crewe is based in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia and is available for entertaining and educational   programs that can be easily customized to suit all ages and environments. Several of our school programs are designed to meet specific Virginia Standards of Learning

    The men and women of the Moody Crewe represent the "Golden Age of Piracy"  (1680 to 1730).  Our namesake, Christopher Moody began his career as a pirate in 1714 off the coast of Virginia and was executed along with the crew of Bartholomew Roberts in Cape-Corso-Castle (Africa) in 1722.

           Our Qualifications    

The Moody Crewe has over 100 years combined experience as living historians and some  members are listed with the National Registry of Living Historians.  Several of the members are certified as Black Powder experts by the National Park Service.
    We also have members who are affiliated with the Virginia Storytellers Alliance

             To Contact Us

   The Moody Crewe is licensed under :
    Histories and Haunts, LLC
    P.O. Box 5372
    Virginia Beach, VA 23471

    Phone: (757)469-7978
    e-mail:     click here


Coerced Confessions

Thank you all for such a wonderful program. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves and the people who filled out surveys gave you all high ratings. It was awesome working with you all and we hope to do it again next year!
Kim Schmidtmann
Virginia Beach Historic Houses

August 2014

 wanted to thank you and your crewe very, very much for coming to our family fun night and adding a very authentic Pirate flair to the evening! To date every person I have talked to has said it was our best event yet and that they really enjoyed you guys. It is also looking to be our most profitable event to date, which given the current economic conditions is amazing. This was my first time helping run an event of this type and although it went wonderfully I really felt we kind of left you guys to make your own way and figure out how to help. Regardless of that you all made the most of it and really spent time with the kids, played games with them, and mingled among the crowds, etc. Your independence is a reflection of you and your crewe's professionalism and experience."

Jean Van Hyning
VP fundraising
Armstrong Elem. School


May 16 and 17, 2015.
Virginia Beach Oceanfront

     Tortured Testimonies

Al, thank you for bringing the Moody Crewe to Urbanna for our first Founders Day! I knew that the enthusiasm and energy you would bring to our event could only add a wonderful touch to the end result.
I had in mind that Barbara Lovelace could incorporate a trial of a pirate into the presentation of other reenactors she had in her circle of history fans, I just could not imagine how well you would work with her team, the militia and other re-enactors to bring drama and pizzazz to the event. The Moody Crewe were perfect as witnesses for the defense during the trial on the steps of what was once the courthouse for a real pirate trial!
On behalf of the Urbanna Business Association, thank for a job well done!
Steven Hollberg

"Working with Moody Crewe was wonderful from the start. The entire group was friendly, outgoing, and great with our audience. They were incredibly knowledgeable and obviously passionate about the content they were presenting. Combined with the quality of their displays they were able to keep festival-goers young and old interested. Moody Crewe represents the perfect marriage of historical re-enactor with museum-quality educational programming and will remain in our Rolodex for future events!"

Lisa M. Kopp
Director, Visitor Services
National Geographic Society
Washington, D.C.

June, 2013

"Dear Pirates,
Our daughter and granddaughter were visiting from Washington state and we all came to the Pirates, Mermaids and Monsters Cruise aboard the Spirit of Norfolk. Our granddaughter had a wonderful time talking to and singing with your crew and as a retired teacher I was keenly aware of how well you all interacted with the children. It was wonderful to watch. Thank you for what you do.

Mark and Valerie Morrison
Oct 2013

"TO: Moody Crewe
I attended Harborfest Norfolk VA in June 2011.
I was very impressed with the high standard of interaction with all age groups and simultaneously with the individuals in the audience. That type of positive energy is perfect for our next event." 
Matt Prince
Special Events Coordinator


"Dear Moody Crewe,

    A huge thank you for a wonderful event you put on for us on May 2nd. We received so much positive feedback from the visitors we had that day, and everyone present had a wonderful time!  The kids really enjoyed the “School of the Pirate” as well!  I’m really excited about the upcoming camps because I know, as always, your Crewe will create a fun, exciting, and educational adventure.  The time and effort you have put into the events you have helped us with is always outstanding and deeply appreciated! "



Katie Spacek, Assistant Curator

Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum

Lightship Portsmouth

"Al and the Crewe,
I would like to thank you all for coming to visit Camp Rock Enon for the Cub Resident Camp. All our Cub Scout Mates (and their elders) loved your program! Not only was the experience you brought to them fun, but very educational (although they never did realize it). With so many scouts participating at one time, it is hard to give them a super hands on learning experience, but your crewe did just that! 
Once again, thank you for a wonderful experience."
Teresa Sullivan 


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