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County’s history being documented in survey

The Mathews County Historical Society is more than halfway through a grant-sponsored architectural survey of 230 structures in Mathews, including historic homes, churches, businesses, cemeteries, warehouses, boat landings, docks and other structures.

The survey is part of the historical society’s “Year of Finding History in Mathews County.”

On Friday, Steve Fonzo, historical preservationist for the local firm DATA Investigations, and Anna Hayden, staff archaeologist for the Fairfield Foundation, were at the East River home of Martha Ellen Traband and Bill Brockner to conduct a reconnaissance survey of the house and other buildings on the property.

Fairfield Foundation co-director and DATA Investigations co-owner Thane Harpole was there, as well, along with Forrest Morgan, chair of the historical society’s archaeology committee.

Hayden photographed and mapped the property, showing the location of the house and other buildings in relation to the shoreline, the...

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