Mathews Land Conservancy Williams Wharf’s Landing Project

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Almost Twenty Years of Evolution - The Mathews Land Conservancy (MLC), the founder, owner and governing board of the Williams Wharf Landing Project on the East River, would like to update the public and clarify concerns as to who owns and funds Williams Wharf, how and why it’s governance and rules of operation have evolved, and what its purpose and public access have become since its evolution over centuries as a continuously operated, commercial and privately held waterfront property.

The MLC was formed almost twenty years ago by a group of concerned local citizens in order to save this beautiful, centrally located, historic waterfront property from bankruptcy. The group’s immediate goal at that time was to prevent Williams Wharf from becoming either an ocean-going barge commercial sand blasting site or a gravel depot. The first operation would perpetually increase barge and tugboat traffic on the East river and operate loud, large air driven sand blasting equipment using black sand, year round, Monday through Friday. Continue Reading

A letter from the MLC Vice President

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Preserve Mathews County Lands and Resources

We need your help to accomplish our goals of protecting and preserving Mathews’ natural lands and resources. Your tax deductible contribution will allow us to obtain, manage and protect crucial lands for the benefit of Mathews County residents and visitors.

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Dorothy Fagan giclee print
Help Build the New Boathouse
with the purchase of conservation art by local artist Dorothy Fagan and photographer Bruce Nelson. Proceeds go directly to new construction at Williams Wharf.

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You’re Invited!

The Mathews Land Conservancy would like to invite individuals with engineless watercraft such as kayaks, canoes, small sailboats, and rowing shells, to launch from Williams Wharf Landing and enjoy the beautiful East River! We also offer picnicking in a waterfront open-air pavilion and dock fishing (in permitted areas only) – be sure to bring your license. Groups of 16 or more, please call Lynda at 804-725-9685 to reserve the Wharf for your event.

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