Historic Mathews County Lecture and accompaning Bus Tour

Tidewater VA Historical Society (TVHS) will begin its 2017-2018 season with a lecture featuring historic Mathews County whose heritage goes back to 1635 when the entrepreneurial Hugh Gwynn received the first documented land patent and established a ship-repair business.

Dr. Dave Brown will discuss the architecture and archeology of Mathews County, one of the oldest counties in Virginia. Dr. Brown has overseen the creation of five historic districts in the county and has identified 300 historic structures and has also done considerable archeological work.

Mark your calendars now for Sunday, Sept 17 to attend the lecture, 3 p.m. on Sunday, at the Williamsburg Regional Library, 505 Scotland St., Williamsburg, VA.

Lectures are free and open to the public.

A bus trip to Mathews County historical sites will follow on Tuesday, September 26.
The trip begins with a visit to Mathews Courthouse Historic District which contains 181 historic structures including James Store, thought to be the oldest surviving country store in the Southeast US, and Tompkins Cottage. The 1820 Courthouse and other sites will be visited after a lunch served at the 1858 Westville Christian Church.

Next on the agenda is Maritime Museum which houses exhibits related to the 'Mathews Men Who Went To War', merchant mariners who provided the lifeline to America's allies during World War II.

Tour requires all passengers to be able bodied citizens wearing comfortable walking shoes.

The fee for the bus trip is $50 for members and $60 non-members, on a space available basis.

For more information call Jane Medlin at 757.258.5587 or email harryjane@verizon.net

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