Letter: A few things lacking in Visitor Center
I attended the formal opening of Fort Nonsense on May 10 since it seemed that I had some stake given the effort, along with many others, I put into the park as a former president of the Mathews County Historical Society. Additionally, I have visited the new Mathews Memorial Library wing and the Old James Store and the Visitor and Information Center, all new since I left after 17 years. I came away with a strong sense of pride and I am sure all Mathews residents must have that same sense.
I found the Mathews History Room, which provides visitors information of Mathews’s key interest areas and what your small town offers. However, there were a few things lacking in the Visitor Center. I did not see any information about Fort Nonsense, the Old James Store, the Library, Mathews Yacht Club, etc. I was surprised given the impetus these very important tourist attractions would offer any visitor to Mathews to spend time and money.
Since there is not any industry supporting the community, it appears logical that the community would build upon what it does have and it seems that this is an extremely important supporting role that could be played by your Visitor Center by simply making everything that Mathews has to offer known to all visitors.
Terry C. Pletcher