Williams Wharf is the MLC’s first and largest project thus far. It is a roughly 4-acre public access waterfront facility located on the East River and State Route 614.
In 1994, a grant of $702,000 toward Phase I projected costs of $900,000 was provided by the Virginia Dept. of Transportation through Federal ISTEA money.
Including the initial purchase, over $1,000,000 has been spent at Williams Wharf to preserve this natural and historic landmark as well as reviving it to offer environmentally friendly waterfront activities for Mathews County citizens and visitors.
The Wharf is the MLC’s official headquarters and also home to the award-winning Mathews High School Crew Team, the Mobjack Rowing Association, and the Mathews YMCA’s Sailing Camp.
All Mathews residents and visitors are welcome to use the facilities every day of the year here at Williams Wharf Landing and at Bayside Landing. All facilities open sunrise to sunset.
Boathouse Community Center
The MLC’s latest project is the ‘William & Catharine Owens Waters Edge Center’. Construction is well underway and the foundation has been established for a world class community event center and crew training facility.
Your help is needed to finish the job and provide Mathews County residents and visitors with an unparalleled opportunity to enjoy the waterfront here on the East River. The center will be open to the public for use as a wedding and special event location and will provide local crew teams with a state-of-the-art training facility admired by the thousands of visitors that visit each year for crew regattas.
History at the Wharf
Established by Samuel Williams as a trading port and warehouse near the time of the Revolutionary War, Williams Wharf became one of the country’s centers of maritime activity in the early 1800s. From 1802 to 1844, more than 10,000 vessels called at the East River port. The Wharf also served as a major port for steamboats running from Baltimore to Norfolk earlier this century.