What Might A Visitor Find in the New Museum?
- As we develop our new county museum, we will be searching for and rediscovering our own history some of it know and what has not previously been known.
- Prehistoric Displays: Significant prehistoric artifacts from local area sites on loan to the Museum.
- Archeological exhibits of significant historical sites. These include a 1650 tobacco farm which shows us how the early settlers of Mathews lived and worked; and North End Plantation which was the home of John Page, a significant individual in Colonial Virginia history.
- Voices of Mathews: The Mathews County Historical Society, in conjunction with the University of Florida, has interviewed a significant number of residents as well as merchant mariners from World War II, to capture the memories of time gone by. The Museum will build upon that work and make available audiovisual presentations for museum visitors.
- Inhabitants of Mathews County: Through visual displays, visitors with be able to learn about all the people who lived and worked in the county dating back to the first settlers. There will exhibits on the important institutions in the county: stores, churches, schools, post offices and gas stations.
- Unique Landscapes of Mathews: Visitors will learn about the impact of this landscape on agriculture, lumbering, boatbuilding and fishing that were so important to the history of the county.
- Exhibits highlighting the experiences of the people of Mathews experienced during Revolutionary War, Civil War, World I & II, Korea, Vietnam, and the recent conflicts in the Middle East.