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Save the Date! - Sept. 30, 2023
The Mathews Maritime Heritage Festival returns.

Museum OPEN for 2023 season

Open on weekends through Nov. Come on by and browse the history. Click here for more info.
Are you interested in becoming a docent? Training provided. Call 804-725-4444 or email.

Donor Boats for Sale

  • Chrysler Mutineer
  • 2003 Glastron 249,
  • Newport Surprise,

Boatbuilding Then & Now

Brown, Colvin, Deagle, Diggs, Hudgins, Klingel, and Schlenk - boatbuilders of Mathews County, VA. Can you help us identify others and tell their stories?

DVDs, Books & More

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Museum Artifacts & More

2800+ local artifacts and exhibits like The Steamboat Era in Mathews, our museum has a lot to offer. Open May-Nov.

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. MMF also maintains a profile with the Community Foundation at

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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 to participate. Check out the latest Freya update here.

  • 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 to volunteer and for more information.

Gwynn’s Island boat builder, Gilbert Klingel, featured April 2021 issue 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 →

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Klingel Film Wins Platinum Remi

The documentary “Gilbert Klingel: Man of Steel” is still winning awards. This year it went out west to Texas, to the Houston International Worldfest Film Festival. Read more...

Klingel History - His life and accomplishments

Purchase the DVD online

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

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