The Mathews Historical Museum

Mathews County will soon welcome the addition of the Mathews Historical Museum (MHM), the newest partner in the rich network of historical sites that invite visitors, residents, students, researchers and history buffs to our community. The county’s cultural history is a story that is continuing to be uncovered from its early beginnings to today through the establishment of the Mathews Historical Museum.  

Our Vision

Within five years, there will be a permanent museum in Mathews County that will collect, preserve and exhibit cultural artifacts that represent the history of the county.  Through exhibits and programs, residents and visitors will be able to gain an understanding and appreciation of the county’s past and present and begin to contemplate the future of the county and its people.

Our New Building

The museum has acquired a permanent home on Main Street in Mathews.  This historical building was constructed in 1936 by George Philpotts as a Texaco garage.  Over the years a number of business have been located at this site – bowling alley, beauty parlor, Bassett Furniture, the Craftsman Shop and most recently the Dilly Dally Emporium. The first steps will be to completely rehab the building so it can be used as a museum.  Then museum exhibits will be planned, installed and finally opened to the public.

May Faire 2023: Conversations with Teachers, Past & Present!

Please enjoy the following interviews with a few of our local teachers, Past & Present!

May Faire 2022: Conversations with Watermen

Please enjoy the following interviews with a few of our local, hardworking watermen (and woman) from Mathews County. These interviews include J.C. Hudgins, Chris Pritchett, Arnold Ripley, Sr., Carroll Melvin Smith and Karen Townsend. Narrator Larry Chowning who's books include Harvesting the Chesapeake & Chesapeake Buy Boats.

Mathews May Faire 2019: Conversations at the Courthouse - local veterans

Mathews May Faire 2019: Conversations at the Courthouse Conversations with local veterans from the "Greatest Generation."
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