During a special program on Friday, sixth graders at Thomas Hunter Middle School learned all about the Chesapeake Bay, from its history and seafaring culture to the environmental challenges of today. In top photo, Mathews County Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee members Walter Scott Hunley, Morgan Pritchett and Wallace Sterling, from left, discussed the county’s Civil War history, with a special emphasis on the naval actions in and around Mathews. The students also learned about shipbuilding, water safety, steamboat travel and aquaculture. Other participating organizations included Coast Guard Flotilla 66, the Mathews County Planning Department, the Yorktown Watermen’s Museum, the Middle Peninsula chapter of the Archeological Society of Virginia, Tidewater Oyster Gardeners Association, Tidewater Soil & Water Conservation, and Virginia Cooperative Extension 4-H. Friday’s event was partially funded through a grant from the Mathews Market Days Committee. Photo by Charlie Koenig
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