Gwynns Island Museum


1775 Old Ferry Road
Gwynn, VA 23066

Admission is free but donations are welcome.

The museum is open from 1 – 5 pm Friday, Saturday, Sunday, April through October.
Groups of 4 or more by appointment at 804-725-7949 or 804-725-9611.
Handicap access and Gift Shop.

Considered by many to be one of the finest small local museums in Virginia, the Gwynn’s Island Museum represents the history and culture of Gwynn’s Island and Mathews County. Ancient fossils, Indian artifacts are displayed as are items from Colonial times, the Revolutionary War, and the Civil War. The Black American History of Gwynn’s Island is well documented, as are the Military, the Merchant Marine, the watermen, the boat builders and all those people of Gwynn’s Island and Mathews County who have left us their heritage.

Several books and documents in the Library give their history and lineage. The highlight of the museum is the “CINMAR BLADE”. Dredged up by a Mathews County waterman with a mammoth molar and part of an ivory tusk. It was on display at the museum for several years until noticed by a visiting archeologist from the Smithsonian Institution. After extensive examination and research by Dennis Stanford, Curator of the Paleo-Indian Program at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, and his colleagues, it was found to be the oldest known man-made stone tool to be made in the Americas, dating back 22,000 years. Displayed in a special exhibit at the museum and set up by the Smithsonian, are a replica of the blade along with the mammoth tooth and ivory tusk.

A recent entry in our Guest Book reads as follows: “I love the way America maintains and honors its history. The best museum I’ve seen. Love it. Thank you.” Sue Withers, NQ Australia. 5/18/13

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