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Museum to celebrate watermen at next May Faire

After being canceled for 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Mathews Historical Museum is planning its annual May Faire celebration for 2022 on May 7 with the theme of “Celebrating Mathews Watermen.”

John Caramia, president of the museum’s board of directors, said that the goal of May Faire is not only to raise funds for the museum, but also to highlight historic events and celebrate people in the community. The first May Faire, held in 2017, commemorated the end of the 17th century when Mathews first became a county. The next May Faire in 2018 focused on Mathews County in the 1950s and ’60s. The last May Faire honored local veterans, beginning with the War of 1812 and ending with the War in Afghanistan. The museum honored almost 900 veterans on its “Wall of Remembrance” in 2019.

In 2022, the Mathews Historical Museum is going to honor the local watermen at May Faire. The museum has already started on the exhibit with a special feature on Capt. Robert Roland Hudgins ...

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