Calendar of Events

Monthly Lecture Series

2016 Speaker Meetings: usually held the 3rd Thurs. of the month, Sept. - April, 7pm at the Mathews Maritime Museum

November 2016 - "Traveling to Cuba" will be the topic presented by Ed Tillett at the Mathews Maritime Foundation speaker meeting. His extensive travels to Cuba over the past 17 years culminated in a book titled, Cuba Bound, The North Coast: Ports of Entry and Anchorage.

Ed is an award winning film and video producer, author and journalist. His initial travels to Cuba resulted in a film documentary produced with the University of Richmond’s Dr. Mike Davison that examines the relationships between American and Cuban music over the past century. Ed’s presentation will explore the new travel guidelines to Cuba and will be an interactive discussion of the relationship that the U.S. has with Cuba and its people.

11/17/16, 7pm, Mathews Maritime Museum. Free to public.




Upcoming Events


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.


Urbanna Oyster Festival - Nov. 5, 2016, in Urbanna, VA.
The Peggy will be there!


Bill Geroux Luncheon - 11:30AM at the Pilot House Inn in Topping, Thurs., Oct. 20.
Here's your chance to hear this dynamic speaker and author of the recent book, The Mathews Men.
Presented by VAHS.


Mathews Market Days, Maritime Yard Sale - 9-3 at the Mathews Maritime Museum, Fri. and Sat., Sept. 9 and 10. Nautical items and boats!


WWII EXHIBIT at the Museum - Exhibit officially opens on Friday, May 27, 2016, and runs Friday and Saturday through October.