Letter: Proud of what MCVIC has to offer
In response to Mr. Terry C. Pletcher’s letter of May 29 regarding “A few things lacking in Visitor Center,” he certainly did not notice the brochures and informational materials available to him and anyone else that comes to MCVIC, nor did he seek the assistance of the two volunteers that were on duty during the period of time he mentioned.
The Mathews History Room, as he refers to it, is The Chesapeake Room and is meant to be a thumbnail history of Mathews County since it was annexed from Gloucester County. The mission of MCVIC is to serve as the tourism arm for the county, to promote economic development by acting as a resource for local businesses and residents and to provide displays, exhibits and interpretive information which encourage stewardship of the Chesapeake Bay and the natural resources of Mathews County.
MCVIC has brochures for Fort Nonsense, the Thomas James Store (which MCVIC opens and closes for the Historical Society), and the many other organizations that bring in their brochures for distribution. Regarding the library, it is only 18 inches away, and the Mathews Yacht Club is a private club. MCVIC is run by an executive director and 27 knowledgeable and friendly volunteers who love to tell Mathews’ story and want every resident and visitor to be as passionate about the county as they are.
We are extremely proud of what MCVIC is and how it has been received by the county residents and the more than 12,000 visitors that come in each year. Mr. Pletcher’s experience could have been avoided if he had looked around or requested assistance from the volunteers on duty when he came in.
Amanda D. Taylor, chairman
Visitor Center Administrative Board
Ann Miller, executive director
Mathews County Visitor and Information Center