Calendar of Events

Monthly Lecture Series

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

Jan. 21 - More info to come...

Dec. - No speaker meeting this month.

Nov. 19 - Mr. William Stickney will describe how a reproduction of the dugout canoe was constructed for a museum exhibit at the Jamestown Settlement. The process of construction from a 16’ cypress log and what may have been used by the early people of VA will be discussed along with a slide show.

Native Americans were the first to use the dugout on the waterways of the Chesapeake Bay, and the dugout and its variants were commonly used in this area until the 1930’s.

This event is free and the public is invited to enjoy this presentation on Thursday, Nov. 19th. at 7 PM, at the Mathews Maritime Museum, 482 Main St., Mathews Court House, VA.

Oct. 14 - (Please note this meeting is on a Wed.) John van-Schalkwyk, an experienced coastal and offshore sailor, will speak at the Mathews Maritime Foundation (MMF) speaker’s meeting on October 14th. He will relate his experiences on the 53 foot ketch “Super Maramu,” from Florida non-stop to Ireland, in May of this year with a couple who had not been offshore before. He will discuss about the couple, his decision to sail with them, the boat, the weather and routing (and how it’s vastly superior to his early offshore experiences), and the passage.

Mr. van-Schalkwyk has recently done two types of sailing: local cruising in his own boat and offshore sailing in other peoples’ boats. He worked in Boston, lived on Cape Cod and now lives in Nova Scotia. He has been a member of the Mathews Yacht Club for a number of years. Since 1988 he has owned “MORNING WATCH,” a Luders 36 sloop built in Hong Kong in 1970.

Mr. van-Schalkwyk is also a professional photographer who retired in 1999 and will show some of his work

The public is invited to enjoy this presentation free of charge on Wednesday, October 14th. at 7 PM, at the MMF Museum, 482 Main St., Mathews Court House, VA.

Upcoming Events

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.

Christmas Parade, Sat., Dec. 12, 2015 -
Come see the Mathews Maritime Christmas Float. The parade winds through Main Street, beginning at 1pm.

Market Days -
Yard sale, exhibits, and gift items for sale at the museum during Market Days, Sept. 11-12.

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.