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.
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.
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.
Preserving and Protecting Mathews County’s priceless natural resources is the mission of the Mathews Land Conservancy. We are dedicated to making the area’s waterways and natural lands accessible to the entire community and its visitors, so that all can enjoy the very qualities that make Mathews County a natural resource.