Calendar of Events

Monthly Lecture Series

2015 Speaker Meetings:
3rd Thursday of the month, Sept. - April, 7pm at the Mathews Maritime Museum

Aug. 20 Larrry Chowning presents INTERVIEWS FROM MATHEWS. Chowning, a Maritime Historian and author, will be focusing on people he has met through his career of documenting the changing culture on the Chesapeake Bay, including boat builders, watermen, and others important to bringing the bounty of the water to our dining tables. His first hand accounts through oral history reveal the heritage that is fast fading due to fewer watermen, the economy, legal changes for fishing, and closing of packing houses. Larry graduated from the University of Richmond in 1972 where he studied journalism and has been a general assignment reporter at the Southside Sentinel in Urbanna since 1981. He has written hundreds of articles that have been published in regional, national, and international newspapers and magazines, and is considered an expert on boats, lore, and traditional aspects of Chesapeake life. Some of his book titles are: Chesapeake Bay Buyboats; Deadrise and Cross-Planked; Barcat Skipper; Tales of a Tangier Island Waterman; Harvesting the Chesapeake; Chesapeake Legacy; and Soldiers at the Doorstep:Civil War Lore. Larry's style of writing brings the human side of the people who build boats or work the Bay to the reader, and offers glimpses of their lives through photographs that are treasures of the time. His research, which spans more than a quarter of a century, brings stories and facts that compose a picture of the heritage of the Bay that is fast fading. Implements of the trades of fishing or boat building often accompany Larry's talks that help to tell his stories, and he is known for the interesting and humorous anecdotes from those he has interviewed, sometimes acknowledging those in attendance who experienced them! Larry Chowning's talk will be an entertaining and informative evening - all are invited to attend. He will have some of his books for sale, and there will be refreshments during the usual "meet and greet" that follows. For additional information, please contact Nancy Lindgren at 725-4382.

Upcoming Events

Harborfest 2015 -
Peggy goes to Harborfest, June 5-7, at the waterfront in Norfolk.

Yard Sale -
Mathews County-wide Yard Sale May 30 from 8am to 4pm. Stop by our museum to see what's for sale. Also, if you have items to donate for the sale, contact us as 804-725-4444.

Museum Open for Season -
Season begins in April, Fri. & Sat. 10am-2pm. Volunteers needed!

Boat Building Work Days -
Work sessions held at the Gwynn's Island Boat Shop for work on Peggy of New Point and the new Gill 12 Mini Tug. Details and dates to come.