Calendar of Events

Monthly Lecture Series

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

June 16 - "British Ships Scuttled in the York River in 1781" Mike Steen, Director of Education at the Watermen’s Museum in Yorktown, will present information about the ships thought to be buried in the York River bottom, from Cornwallis’ fleet to other eras such as the Civil War. Join us at 7PM!

May 19 - No speaker meeting this month due to coming events: film nightpatriotic assembly

April 21 - "Life on the Homestead" Jesse Carroll Thornton will be the guest speaker on Thursday, to serve as an introduction to the Hodges family and the coming events planned around author William Geroux' book, "THE MATHEWS MEN: Seven Brothers and the War Against Hitler's U-Boats", and the MATHEWS COUNTY WELCOME planned for him on May 22. The program will interest anyone who would like to know what life in Mathews was like during the 1940's and 50's.

Jesse's mother, Hilda Fourteen (true given name), was the last child born to Henrietta "Henny" and Jesse Thomas Hodges, and the only one born in a hospital. His father, William "Billy" Lee Thornton, was a Merchant Mariner in the engine department, unlike most of the Hodges men who worked on deck. Jesse Carroll was sent to Mathews to live with his grandmother from 1941 through 1956 and has wonderful memories of his experiences during that time. His recollections of how difficult his grandmother's life was on the family homestead, and the responsibilities he had to help her in daily situations will describe how many families in Mathews functioned at that time.

Jesse worked for the U.S. Government for 34 years as an Environmental Superintendent, primarily at the Norfolk Naval Base. He has also worked on Marine Salvage Tugs, and on the building of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Tunnel, and currently works in Mathews as a "handyman" with E&S Maintenance.

This casual "interactive" evening will shed light on the Hodges family, a young boy's upbringing, and how much influence the Merchant Marines had in Mathews. The public is invited, and refreshments will be served. For additional information, please call 725-4382. You don't want to miss this!

Mar. 17 - "Artifact Get-together"
Bring an artifact(s) to the meeting and share its history.

An artifact could be:
Your favorite maritime object found at a flea market
A treasured memento of your travels
A family heirloom
A what-is-it item
Maritime photos
Unusual nautical
Historical items ~ WWI, WWII
Part of Mathews history, fishing, boatbuilding
Locally made maritime items
Ship models

Even if you do not have an item to share, you are welcome to attend and enjoy the company of the maritime community. For questions about the event call Dennis Crawford, 804-725-9088.

Feb. 18 - "Torpedo Junction" will be the topic of Mathew Maritime Foundation's speaker meeting as presented by Mr. Ed Moore. He will describe the WWII submarine warfare off the coast of Virginia.

Ed Moore is a retired newspaper sports editor and sports columnist. Mr. Moore won 91 journalism awards in his career, and three times was named one of the top five sports columnists in the United States. Mr. Moore is a journalism graduate of Auburn University, a member of Phi Alpha Theta national history honor society, and a member of Who’s Who among American teachers. He earned a Certificate in Military Strategy and Policy through the Old Dominion University Masters of History program. Mr. Moore has been a docent at the Mariner’s Museum in Newport News.

Upcoming Events

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

Harborfest 2016 - June 9-12 at the waterfront in Norfolk, VA. More info

Movie, "ACTION In The NORTH ATLANTIC" May 20, 2016 -
The Mathews Film Society will show the movie "ACTION In The NORTH ATLANTIC" at 7pm, 3rd floor of Halcyon Building. Refreshments available.

Mathews Maritime Day - Bill Geroux Book Signing, May 22, 2016 -
Join us as Bill introduces his new book, The Mathews Men: Seven Brothers and the War Against Hitler's U-Boats, about the Hodges' family and the many others from Mathews who were in the Merchant Marines during WWII. The book will be released in April, and Bill will be with us on May 22nd, 4pm, at Mathews High School to sign books. Our quilt raffle's winning ticket will be announced during the program. Also, our WWII calendar will debut. There will be music and more. Join us for this old-fashioned patriotic assembly!

Ongoing - Quilt Raffle -
Maritime quilt, created by Bay Quilters, is currently on display at Chesapeake Bank in Mathews. Tickets are available there, and at the Mathews County Visitors Center, Mathews Memorial Library, Hair Creations, and online through our giftshop. $5 each or 3 for $10. Winning ticket announced during May 22 book-signing event. Need not be present to win.
Visit our quilt page to get the whole story.