January 2017 - "Luna" Construction of an 18th century Bermuda sloop named “Luna” will be the topic as presented by Mr. John Collamore. He will describe the current construction of the “Luna” as well as the history of this “coastal workhorse” that at one time hauled goods from one port to the next and spread the day’s news. Collamore and crew intend to sail her to historic ports from North Carolina to Maryland “to be able to tell the maritime history of the colonies and the seeds of the revolution that led to our freedom.”
John Collamore , is one of seven founders and now president of the Colonial Seaport Foundation in Deltaville, VA, where he grew up sailing and started building boats.
01/19/17, 7pm, Mathews Maritime Museum. Free to public.
Prehistoric Mathews Series - 1 of 3 begins Tues., Dec. 13, 2016, 7pm at Kingston Parish Hall, Mathews, VA. Mathews County Historical Society will sponsor a 3-part series to give us a better understanding of the people who came to our shores before the English and how they settled, lived and thrived during the previous ten thousand year period.
Initial presentation will be by Professor Martin Gallivan of the College of the William & Mary on the subject of the prehistoric Indians of Mathews County and the Chesapeake Bay area. Dr. Gallivan is perhaps best known for leading the archaeological investigation of Chief Powhatan’s home village of Werowocomoco. He has written several books on VA Indians and his most recent book, The Powhatan Landscape, was published in Aug. His lecture will focus upon a number of the issues raised in the book, including an understanding of how Prehistoric people adapted, viewed, experienced, and became one with the area.
Second event will be an artifact identification session in which residents will be asked to bring in the prehistoric items such as arrowheads, pottery and similar items they have found, to be examined by a panel of experts. Experts will be able to tell the age, function, method of creation, material of manufacture, and perhaps location of use. Info gathered at this event will be integrated into a computerized database of artifacts found in the county which will permit us to have a better understanding of who, what and when prehistoric people lived in the county. This event will be held in the late winter at a date to be determined later.
Third event will be by representatives from Longwood University Longwood Institute of Archaeology presenting the findings of their Survey of the Mathews Chesapeake Bay shoreline and the changes over the years. They will be measuring the loss, and in some cases, gain of land in the historic context. They will be identifying prehistoric sites that still exist and how they relate to the Indians of Mathews County. This presentation will held in the March or April time frame at a date to be announced.
The Survey is funded by a "Hurricane Sandy Grant" from the Virginia Department of Historic Resources and the National Park Service organized by The Historical Society and Mathews County. The series is co-sponsored by the Gwynn’s Island Museum, the Mathews Maritime Foundation, the Fairfield Foundation, and the Mathews Historical Museum.