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Mathews Maritime Museum
Opening April 19

We will kick off the summer season with an early opening and a Nautical Book SALE at the museum on Fri. and Sat., April 19 and 20, 2024, from 10AM - 2PM. The museum's weekend schedule will continue through November. Click here to learn more about our museum.

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Volunteers Needed!

Can you help us restore and care for the historic boats Green Heron, Freya, and Peggy of New Point? We need help with haul-outs, repairs, and reconstruction.

See our newsletter for updates on these boats →

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Boatbuilding Saturdays 2024

Work continues on weekends at the Gwynn's Island Boat Shop, with ongoing boat restoration and repair, as well as boat building projects. Stop in and try your hand. All skill levels welcome.

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The Broadside

The March 2024 edition of the MMF newsletter, The Broadside, is out, featuring updates on the museum, historic boats, boat projects, and more.

Read the newsletter →

Donor Boats for Sale

  • 1977 Vanguard 420, 2 sets...
  • 1952 14' Oldtown lapstrake...
  • 1999 Aquasport 215, 200 hp...

The Maid King

We are looking for information on the Mathews-built boat, Maid King, built by Lennie Smith on Pepper Creek in the 1920s. Director Don Good is building a model and we want to get it right. If you have a memory or a picture, please share. Contact link below.

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Museum Artifacts & More

2800+ local artifacts and exhibits.

Your support funds educational programs, restores historic boats, and preserves the maritime history of Mathews Co.

Tax deductible donations can be made by cash, check, or PayPal. We are a Candid Gold Transparency recipient.

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Volunteers Wanted

  • Stop in Saturdays at 10AM, Gwynn's Island Boat Shop. Help or just observe boat repair and restoration projects. All skill levels welcome. More info here...

  • Our deck boat Peggy of New Point is in need of a steady crew to maintain and transport her to various maritime events around the Bay.

  • Gil Klingel’s Green Heron and Freya - volunteers needed to give both boats extensive restoration.

    Contact John Bonner at bayslady@ his gmail account to participate.

  • Help us set up displays at the museum.

  • Consider being a docent - don't worry, we will train.

  • We are currently looking for a suitable site for a new museum. At some point will need individuals who can assist with site planning, fund raising and grant writing.

Contact us at (804) 725-4444 to volunteer and for more information.
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Klingel Film Wins Platinum Remi

Documentary “Gilbert Klingel: Man of Steel” is winning awards. The Houston International Worldfest Film Festival, Texas. Read more...

Klingel History - His life and accomplishments

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Gwynn’s Island boat builder, Gilbert Klingel, featured in Chesapeake Bay Magazine

"In 1951, several nature writers were captivating readers with books that would endure for generations. Rachel Carson opened our eyes to the oceans’ wonders. Thor Heyerdahl thrilled us with his tale of South Seas bravery aboard a log raft. And Gilbert Klingel, a lesser known but no less knowledgeable author, took us where no one else had gone before and lived to tell of it: to the bottom of Chesapeake Bay..."

Click here to read the full story from April 2021 →

Mathews Maritime Museum
482 Main St.
Mathews, VA 23109

Fridays & Saturdays, 10am-2pm

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(804) 725-4444


Mailing address:

Mathews Maritime Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 1201
Mathews, VA 23109-1201

Gwynn's Island Boat Shop

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