Letter: Memories of old Gloucester and Mathews
I have been visiting friends in Mathews and some in Gloucester since the early 1940s, and attended shows at Donk’s Theater on a regular basis from the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s, so I have a lot of friends over there. Poor health and the lack of money have kept me from going over there much since then.
I enjoy reading the Glimpses into the Past column. When I saw the Dining Guide section in the Aug. 22 issue, with pictures of past and present restaurants, it brought back memories.
I remember when all of the roads, including Route 17, were all two-lane roads with no stoplights, and nothing between Gloucester Point and Gloucester Court House but a Tastee Freeze and I believe a Texaco service station at Hayes. Now it is mostly four-lane divided highway all the way to Mathews Court House, and I believe at last count 12 stoplights.
In addition to the two buildings at Hayes, I remember the Dairy Freeze at Ward’s Corner, Routes 14 and 198, and the old ice house at Mathews, the old service station at Hyco Corner, and Sibley’s store.
There have been a lot of changes and I have a lot of memories of good people in Mathews and Gloucester.
James E. Savedge