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Mathews, Virginia  23109-0855
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Tompkins Cottage

tompkins_cottageThe Tompkins Cottage, museum and headquarters of the Mathews County Historical Society, is believed to be the oldest frame structure in the Courthouse area.

The Cottage, located on Brickbat Road, houses an historical exhibit on the County and three rooms furnished in the style of a typical small dwelling of the 1800's.

The earliest known owner of this ca 1815 building near the head of Put In Creek was Christopher Tompkins, a prominent local planter, merchant, sea captain, and ship owner/builder. His insurance correspondence notes that  it was used in his mercantile business for the sale of dry goods, hardware and groceries. Tompkins was also the father of Capt. Sally Tompkins, the first woman to be commissioned an officer in the Confederate Army. The little bedroom is dedicated to her memory.

Over the years, the building has served as a tailor shop, cobbler shop, tearoom and residence. It was bought by the County in 1964 and has been leased to the Historical Society since 1969.

The Tompkins Cottage is open on Fridays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., April through October, as well as, by appointment. The Cottage has extended hours during special events in the County. (Virtual Tour)


Cottage  Shop

The Tompkins Cottage Shop has books, publications, posters, and other items relating to the history of Mathews and the Chesapeake Bay.




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