The tradition of Virginia oysters dates back thousands of years when the Native Americans fished the waters for oysters. In the 1600s, settlers documented the abundance and superior taste of oysters in the waters of Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay. Local watermen have been harvesting oysters in Virginia for generations. Today, Virginia is one of the top producing oyster states in the USA. These delicious delicacies grow in the world-famous Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries, which have created eight different oyster regions. The salty, sweet or briny taste of the oysters brings the flavors of the waters they came from.