Editorial: 100 years and going strong
Two centenarians in our community will celebrate their birthdays on Saturday. We are proud to add our congratulations to the chorus.
The Gloucester Woman’s Club was organized 100 years ago for a specific purpose: to save the ancient home at Edgehill in Gloucester Court House. And it did. Edge Hill House offers a strikingly handsome gateway to the village.
Along the way, over generations of history and progress, the club has performed many, many other good works for the community, pitching in whenever a project calls— beautification, aiding the Allies, raising funds for one thing or another—and enjoying a century of pleasant social gatherings.
The present-day ladies who maintain and promote the old house will welcome visitors on Saturday. This is a wonderful opportunity to visit one of Gloucester County’s treasures. Its founders would be proud.
In Mathews, the one-time Peninsula High School has its own birthday party on Saturday. It has been saved, possibly, because it went into private ownership shortly after the school bells ceased to ring in 1946. The county had no other need for the land, and the building made a perfect meeting spot for a lodge of Odd Fellows, who kept the building alive for about 40 years. After that, the recently-organized West Mathews Civic League took on the mighty responsibility of ownership and upkeep.
Today this is the only surviving two-story schoolhouse of earlier days in Mathews County. Please visit the Peninsula School on Saturday, see how students used to learn, and celebrate this well-preserved landmark of the past, and the community spirit that has met the challenge of its preservation.