Mathews County will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. next Thursday, Nov. 7, for Fort Nonsense Historical Park, located at the intersection of Routes 14 and 3 at North. The public is invited.
Members of the Mathews County Historical Society and county officials will gather at the newly-created park, which has handicapped-accessible walking trails and a picnic shelter and is marked by a replica of a period cannon.
The park’s development was a collaboration between the historical society, which owned the land, and the county. Members researched the park’s history, arranged for archaeological excavation, assisted in applying for $575,000 in transportation grants to help fund the $718,750 project, and oversaw the park’s design by Land Studio of Williamsburg. They have turned the site over to Mathews County as a public park.
Although construction of the park by Henry Branscome LLC of Williamsburg is finished, the park isn’t yet complete, said Mathews County Administrator Mindy Moran. Yet to come are picnic tables, signage created by the organization Civil War Trails, port-a-potties, and trash receptacles.