Mathews is the second smallest county in Virginia, with 252 square miles, and has a population of approximately 9000. In 1791, Mathews County was formed from a part of Gloucester and named for Revolutionary War General Thomas Mathews. Well-known for its waterways, Mathews boasts 214 miles of waterfront, with much of that frontage on the Chesapeake Bay, Piankatank River, North and East Rivers, and Mobjack Bay. All this water makes Mathews a haven for boaters, kayakers, fishermen, and nature lovers.
Points of interest include New Point Comfort Lighthouse, Haven Beach, Bethel Beach Natural Area Preserve, and the Mathews Maritime Museum. Gwynn’s Island is a popular boating and fishing spot, with a public boat ramp, museum, and campground. The historic Mathews Courthouse area offers unique gift shops, antique and consignment shops, and several restaurants. Rich in history, Mathews has numerous historic sites including Christ Episcopal Church, Civil War earthworks of Fort Nonsense, and Tompkins Cottage – once owned by the family of Capt. Sally Tompkins, the only woman officially commissioned in the Confederate Army. The old mill at Poplar Grove ground grain for George Washington’ troops during the Revolution.
Mathews hosts the annual Tour de Chesapeake, a bicycling event which benefits the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Each September, the Mathews Market Days festival features arts and crafts exhibits, a variety of foods, and live music. Whether you’re looking for waterfront enjoyment, history, or just peace and quiet, Mathews County offers something for everyone.
Areas in Mathews: Mathews, Hudgins, Cobbs Creek, North, Gwynn, Foster, Moon, Bohannon, Port Haywood, Bavon, Susan
Bodies of Water: Chesapeake Bay, Piankatank River, North River, East River, Mobjack Bay, Hills Bay, Milford Haven, Cobbs Creek, Queens Creek, Stutts Creek, Horn Harbor, Winter Harbor
Mathews | Waterfront Bernadette La Casse, Agent
Emerald Lane Cottage & Building Lot have easy access to the East River, Mobjack Bay & the very best fishing spots! Many Cottage renovations!
Mathews | Inland Bernadette La Casse, Agent
Mathews Cottage with quality renovations & upgrades. Wonderful screened front porch, huge deck overlooking fenced back yard. Just minutes to Mathews village shopping and dining.
White's Creek, Mathews | Waterfront, Water Access Bernadette La Casse, Agent
Fisherman's Dream is a newly renovated home with deeded 4' MLW boat slip on White's Creek plus community boat ramp & sand beach. New siding, windows, doors, flooring, HVAC & more!
North River, Mathews | Waterfront Neena Rodgers & Sandra Lent, Agents
First Light Farm on the North River with 1200' waterfront, 23 acres. Originally the carriage house for historic Green Mansion, a total renovation has transformed it into a captivating home.
Winter Harbor, Mathews | Waterfront Bernadette La Casse, Agent
Low Country on Winter Harbor is a custom home in a serene setting on 4.6 acres. Protected pier & lift on the waters of Winter Harbor with ready access to the Chesapeake Bay.
Mobjack Bay, Mathews | Waterfront Neena Rodgers & Sandra Lent, Agents
Bay Haven on Mobjack Bay has endless water views, pier with boat lift, Custom Home with 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, second floor retreat with family/rec room.
Mathews | Inland, Land Bernadette La Casse, Agent
North River Road Acreage is the perfect private sanctuary to build your dream home! Want your own pristine hunting or recreation land? Come take a walk through these 24 acres.
Chesapeake Bay, Mathews | Waterfront Bernadette La Casse & Alease Tillage, Agents
Rigby Retreat is a stunning home on 16 acre peninsula with frontage on Chesapeake Bay, Whites Creek and Stokes Creek Pier, boat lift, and sand beach. Country contemporary with open floor plan, walls of windows & huge screened porch.