Mathews County was formed in 1791 from Kingston Parish, one of four Anglican parishes that comprised Gloucester County (established in 1651), and was named for Brigadier General Thomas Mathews, then Speaker of the House of Delegates of the General Assembly of Virginia. The county has a rich, interesting history that began soon after Jamestown was founded.
Mathews is also blessed with many well-kept, historic homes erected in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries that are still in use today. Their diverse and unique architecture represents the many different aspects of the county’s history and its citizens. This is the first edition of a series of five that will highlight pre–Civil War historic homes. It takes the reader on a tour of ten different and charming properties. Each has a story to tell, and the Mathews County Historical Society tells each story in an easy-reading narrative with supporting images. When completed, the series will paint a fascinating portrait of close to fifty different pre–Civil War homes and properties that gives the reader an intriguing glimpse of Mathews County and its citizens.