New Point Comfort Lighthouse
The New Point Comfort Lighthouse was commissioned in 1804 by President Thomas Jefferson. The 55-foot (14 m.) lighthouse is located on an island created by a hurricane in 1933. A keeper was needed until 1950 when the beacon was electronically timed. I dedicate this tip to andal13.
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Kingston Parish Church
Kingston Parish was established in the middle of the 17th Century. During colonial times, the Anglican parish tended to religious and some civil affairs of the folks in this area later to become Mathews County. The main parish church is believed to be located here (just south of the town of Mathews) since the 18th century. It was restored from ruins in the 19th Century by Elizabeth Tompkins, sister of Confederate Captain Sally Tompkins. Both are buried here. After a fire in 1904, the church was restored yet again. Rev. Giles Buckner Cooke, former member of Gen. Robert E. Lee's staff during the War for Southern Independence served as rector here from 1904 to 1915.
Gwynn's Island Museum
Gwynn's Island Museum covers not only the history of the island, but rather the surprisingly rich history of the whole of Mathews County. The museum was originally a small scale community project, not unlike the one in South Boston, Virginia. With more tourism and people retiring to here, a museum was built in the early 1990s. Because of greater interest than expected, it quickly had to move into a larger building. Inside, there are exhibits on antique weapons, 19th and 20th century clothing (including that of the War for Southern Independence), an old school room, and watermen of the Chesapeake Bay, among other things. To get there from Mathews, take Route 223 northeast and you cannot miss the island.