1775 Old Ferry Rd.
This museum features the 22,000 year old “Cinmar Blade” discovery - the oldest man-made stone tool found in America. This two-edged butcher knife and part of the remains of a 30 year old mastodon were dredged from 240 foot deep waters of the Atlantic by Mathews County waterman Thurston Shawn in 1970. Visit to see this Smithsonian prepared exhibit.
Two new exhibits are on display. They are a step-back china cabinet and a secretary both made in the 1830s by Mathews County cabinet maker, Jessie Hudgins of Horn Harbor. These pieces have stayed in the family and survived the Civil War and many moves until coming back home to Mathews.
You will also find stories and pictures of brave men and women who served in the armed services and merchant marines; the story of John Warren Cooke voting to keep Virginia schools open during turbulent times; stories of our early-day churches; the story of Gilbert Klingel, steel boat builder, naturalist author and underwater explorer; the tableau of the legend of Col. Hugh Gwynn and Pocahontas; extensive history of Captain John Smith exploring Chesapeake Bay; history of African Americans living on Gwynn’s Island; a large collection of Native American artifacts; a diorama showing General Andrew Lewis driving Lord Dunmore from Gwynn’s Island in 1776; and stories and displays from earlier day living on Gwynn’s Island.
The museum is open Apr. through Oct. each Fri., Sat. and Sun. from 1-5 p.m. There is a research library and gift shop. Admission is free. Donations welcome.