We have recently partnered with the Mathews County Historical Society to create a museum on the second floor of our building. This will allow for the display of many historic artifacts and collections that have been given to the Historical Society but not seen by the public due to lack of museum space. In order to allow access to the second floor we plan to reinstal a staircase which was an original part of Sibley's General store but was removed by a former owner who did not want to allow access upstairs. The new staircase will require funds above what our current budget allows.
Mathews County Visitor & Information Center (MCVIC) has been in operation since 2001. Its sole mission is to promote tourism to Mathews County. MCVIC was housed in two other very small locations prior to purchasing the current building in January 2009. Later that year, Sibley’s General Store was added to the list of National Historic districts. The site had hosted a general store operation for at least 100 years when we purchased the building.
MCVIC has an IRS 501(c)(3) designation. It is governed by a Board of 12 members, and the center is managed by an Executive Director whose salary is paid by the County. 24 wonderful volunteers spend an average of seven hours per month working in the center.
WHERE ARE WE?
Mathews County consists of 84 square miles of land with 214 miles of shoreline on the Chesapeake Bay. Although we are the second smallest county in Virginia geographically, we have more miles of Chesapeake Bay shoreline than any other county on the Bay. The current population is right at 9,000. No roads pass through Mathews, so nobody just happens to come to Mathews. The Mathews County Visitor & Information Center (MCVIC) has worked for many years to make Mathews a tourist destination to help support the economy of the community. We are located on the main street in the heart of the Mathews Courthouse area. MCVIC just recently received the designation of “Certified” Visitor Center from the Virginia Tourism Corporation in Richmond. As a certified center we will now receive even more benefits including VDOT assistance with road signs on the interstates, plus being noted as a destination on the VATC.org. and the Virginia.org websites. We anticipate that this will help tremendously with tourism.
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
Copyright © 2014 The Community Foundation Serving Richmond & Central Virginia7501 Boulders View Drive, Richmond, VA 23225804-330-7400 | www.tcfrichmond.org