The Museum is owned and operated by the Mathews Maritime Foundation. Established in 1998, the Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to preserving and protecting Mathews County's maritime and cultural heritage through research, conservation, documentation and education. The aritfact in the museum celebrate the rich history of the watermen on the Chesapeake Bay and the Mathews area. The hours of operation are May thru November from 10am to 2pm on Fridays and Saturdays.
The framework of the Foundation grew out of the interest, ideas, and visions of a few Mathews residents who believed that the county's rich maritime history is often overlooked. In January of 1999, the Foundation incorporated and began steps toward accomplishing its long term goals; a living history museum and a shipyard accurately depicting the lives of individuals participating in the shipbuilding industry during the early 19th century.
The Foundation's future... picture this...
As you walk down the oyster shell paths you are taken back to an earlier time, a time when Mathews County
was sustained by the artisans of the shipbuilding trade. You are greeted by the sights and sounds
of a 19th century Chesapeake Bay fishing village alive with blacksmiths, coopers, sail makers,
shipwrights, and others. Relax, enjoy, and participate while friendly costumed interpreters
lead you on a journey through the maritime and cultural history of Mathews County.