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Book of Mathews history to be launched Saturday

“Historic Homes and Properties of Mathews County, Virginia Pre-Civil War Fourth in a Series of Five,” will be launched on Saturday. The event will begin at 11 a.m. and take place at Tompkins Cottage Museum at 43 Brickbat Road across from Mathews County Historic Court Green.

The purpose of the event is for publisher Mathews County Historical Society to thank the homeowners who graciously opened their homes to be featured in the book, said society president Reed Lawson.

This volume documents early properties that are noteworthy both architecturally and historically and adds ten more houses to the body of knowledge that makes up the rich history of the county. Auburn, Augustine Diggs House, Augustine F. Hudgins House, Cedar Grove, Gwynn-ville, Henry Sibley House, Hyco-Haiku House, Isleham, Lilly House, and Seaford are highlighted.

Historic accuracy is the main goal in society publications, Lawson said. Thus, primary sources such as land records, account books, family Bibles and ...

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