Carriage House Canvas Van and Trailer

The History Behind Carriage House Canvas

Carriage House Canvas, LLC was started at the turn of the millennium. The main shop is one of seven carriage houses used in the business. Hence the name "Carriage House Canvas." The main shop is the former maids' quarter, of the old Betterton Hotel, which was torn down in the 1970s.

On November 29, 2008 there was a devastating fire in the shop of undetermined origin. It was a complete loss. We resolved to replace all our customers' canvas that was destroyed, and worked long hours to achieve that goal as quickly as possible. With an eye to the future, we rebuilt the shop, (which we promptly outgrew).

We then started planning for our next shop. We completed our move to the new shop in the Fall of 2015. The Carriage House shops now have fully updated, state-of-the-art equipment – ready for your custom marine interior or exterior project.





Diana LeClair

Diana is the founder and President. She is on the Board of Directors for the Chesapeake Marine Canvas Fabricators Association. She is also a member of North East Canvas Products Association.

Diana is the designer and fabricator for our sewn products.

Diana is an avid boater along with her husband.





George Owen

George is the "Master Pattern Maker." He is a second generation pattern maker/carpenter. He owned a custom countertop business prior to relocating to the Eastern Shore.  George loves working on boats!

He also enjoys flying model planes and boating in his spare time.





 Nickie Daniels

Nickie is the Administrative Assistant/Assistant Seamstress.  Her skills are multifaceted.  She has been visiting the Eastern Shore since childhood and now resides in Kent County.

Nickie enjoys anything "artsy" in her spare time but her favorite pass time is arts and crafts and jewelry making.


Carriage House Canvas is a proud participant in the following trade organizations (all links open in a new window).

The Chesapeake Marine Canvas Fabricators Association


The Marine Fabricators Association


The North East Canvas Products Association