The Gazette-Journal had an opportunity to take a comprehensive tour of the shipyard, led by its vice president of operations, Mathews resident Danny Hunley.
The grant would have provided $500,000 for this project, but would have required a matching contribution from the county.
More organized community events will be held at Mathews High School and on the Gloucester Point Beach.
Direct local hit unlikely
Smartphone and tablet users will be better able to view content
Applications being accepted
Festival kicks off with chicken dinner Friday
Public will decide whether to levy a 4 cent tax