For the past year or more, three seemingly disparate organizations have been working together on shared goals: to preserve the integrity of a historic property and ensure an attractive gateway to Mathews County.
All three need access to their properties, and with VDOT balking at the idea of having an entry off Route 14 so close to an intersection, they banded together to build a VDOT-approved entrance off Route 3 that will serve all their needs.
The historical society’s property, Fort Nonsense, is the site of a Civil War-era earthwork believed to have been built by Confederate soldiers to help repel a Union attack. A plan to preserve the earthworks and develop the 2.9-acre site as an attraction is in the works, and the historical society intends to turn the property over to the county when the project is completed.
The Court House Players’ 5.88-acre parcel, the site of a proposed future dinner theater, is located immediately east of Fort Nonsense on Route 14, but the organization owns an additional strip of land that runs along the north side of Fort Nonsense and connects to Route 3. Beside that strip of land is the 7.1-acre Redeeming Grace property, the site of the church family’s future house of worship.
It just made sense for all three groups to go together to build the entry on CHP’s strip of land, said Trey Shinault, spokesman for the Court House Players. He said it was more cost-effective, and it would keep the Fort Nonsense property intact.