Historic Milford Haven Victorian


Milford Haven, Mathews Waterfront

390 Callis Wharf Road
Grimstead, VA

CBRAR #1826822 NNAR #103743

Historic Milford Haven Victorian home on Gwynn’s Island includes +375 feet of waterfront with a dock and boat lift just minutes from Chesapeake Bay. The home features a wrap-around porch, cypress siding, slate roof, and attached carport.  Outbuildings include a large 2 car garage with a third bay for boat storage, an unfinished guest house, storage shed, and another outbuilding left on the property to keep the footprint for possible renovation or to build another structure. The main house has a living room, parlor, dining room, kitchen, breakfast room, den, and a full bath on the first floor. Two bedrooms, dressing room, and one large full bath are on the second floor. A huge room (formerly used as a “bunk room”) plus a spacious office are located on the third floor.

This was originally the home of the Callis family, founders of Callis Wharf, which was the hub of the Gwynn’s Island seafood industry for many years.

Gwynn’s Island is located in Mathews County and is full of charm and history.  The town of Mathews has farmers markets, dining and local shops.  Visit the Mathews website to learn more.


  • Acreage

    3.46 acres

  • Waterfront

    375' on Milford Haven
    Rip rap
    4-6' MLW Dock
    Boat lift

  • Outbuildings

    Storage shed
    3 car garage with storage above
    Guest House (unfinished)

  • Exterior

    Victorian frame home
    Slate roof
    Board & chain link fence
    Basement - partial
    Crawl space

  • Heating/Cooling

    Oil hot water
    Air/heat pump
    Electric water heater
    4 Fireplaces

  • Street view of the home. Carport is on the right with side entrance to the kitchen

  • Historic Callis Wharf Victorian c.1905

  • Historic Callis Wharf home with wrap around porch and driveway that hugs both sides of the house for easy entrance to front door and backdoor to kitchen

  • This house has plenty of space in the yard for games. Garage sits back on the property with a separate driveway.

  • Aerial photo shows the main house and the outbuildings

  • Board and chain link combination fence

  • Aerial of Dock and Homestead on Milford Haven heading out to the Chesapeake Bay

  • View to Wharf Creek from the pier

  • Park-like setting on Milford Haven

  • Lovely setting for a quiet evening around the firepit

  • Dock and boatlift

  • Another view of the dock with homestead

  • The dock is home to this Heron who hangs out here on a regular basis.

  • Structure currently used for storage. It can be renovated into a cute guest house or use the footprint for your own design

  • Two large garage spaces with oversized garage doors for boats or trucks

  • The Guest House has been plumbed, wired and drywall installed. Needs finishing touches!

  • Part of the wrap-around porch. Perfect spot to take in the view.

  • Wrap-around porch view 2


  • Built

    Circa 1905
    Historic home

  • Square Footage

    2886 sq. ft.

  • Entrance Hall

    Lovely stairway

  • Bedrooms

    2 Bedrooms
    1 Dressing room
    1 "Bunk Room"

  • Two Full Baths

  • Kitchen

    Breakfast Nook
    Butler's Pantry
    Laminate counters

  • Appliances

    Double oven
    Exhaust fan

  • Office

  • Morning Room

  • Dining Areas

    Breakfast Nook
    Formal Dining Room

  • Living Areas

    Living Room

  • Entry hall with grand staircase and orginal railings

  • Front Parlor/Living room with one of several fireplaces

  • Second Living Room opens up to the Front parlor and also the Dining Room on the left

  • Details of the 1905 living space have been preserved and kept in their original condition

  • Den was added in the 1950's. It has a lovely view as well as a fireplace

  • Another view of the den and one of 5 fireplaces

  • Kitchen with door to the Dining Room, Breakfast Room and Pantry

  • This kitchen has been updated through the years. Recently added large range to the left.

  • Cozy Breakfast nook off the kitchen

  • Beautiful workmanship on this second floor railing!

  • Spacious Master bedroom

  • Dressing Room on the second floor for the master bedroom

  • Guest bedroom on the second floor

  • Second floor guest room view 2

  • Second floor bathroom complete with shower, tub, two pedestal sinks and water closet

  • Second floor bathroom with water closet and a pedestal sink tucked back around the wall

  • First floor bathroom off the back hallway


Mathews County

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.


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