Mathews County Visitor and Information Center, Inc.
P.O. Box 1456
239 Main Street
Mathews VA 23109
Mission Statement
  • To serve as the tourism arm for the county of Mathews through its advertising and marketing programs, storefront operations and web presence.
  • To promote economic development by acting as a resource for local businesses and residents, creating programs and activities that benefit merchants, draw tourists and enhance life for Mathews residents.
  • To provide displays, exhibits, and interpretive information that educates and encourages stewardship of the Chesapeake Bay and the natural resources of Mathews County. 
CEO/Executive Director Mr John A Doe
Board Chair Mr. Greg Brown Dusenberry
Board Chair Company Affiliation Innkeeper
Contact Information
Address P.O. Box 1456
239 Main Street
Mathews, VA 23109
Telephone 804 725-4229
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2001
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
Projected Revenue $5,000.00
Projected Expenses $3,000.00
  • To serve as the tourism arm for the county of Mathews through its advertising and marketing programs, storefront operations and web presence.
  • To promote economic development by acting as a resource for local businesses and residents, creating programs and activities that benefit merchants, draw tourists and enhance life for Mathews residents.
  • To provide displays, exhibits, and interpretive information that educates and encourages stewardship of the Chesapeake Bay and the natural resources of Mathews County. 
  • In the past year we have welcomed roughly 15,000 visitors in our center. In addition to Mathews County residents and Virginians, we have welcomed visitors from 49 U.S. states and over 23 international locations.
  • Apart from the Executive Director position, MCVIC is run by a group of over 35 wonderful and loyal volunteers who embody the friendly, small-town nature that cultivates Mathews County.
  • We published our annual "FYI Mathews" booklet providing locals, businesses and visitors with an up-to-date directory of services, history, tide-charts, useful county information, festivals and events.
  • We have provided a market place for over 100 local Mathews artists to exhibit and sell their hand made “Made in Mathews” products. 
  • We sponsor two community-wide road-side cleanup events each year.
  • We serve as co-sponsor of the annual Tour De Chesapeake Bike event which draws people from all over the East Coast.
  • We served as the single sponsor of the annual Mathews Christmas Parade.
  • MCVIC would like continue serving as the liaison between tourism and the community by improving our marketing for sharing news, promoting events and tourism to support the county.
  • We take pride in providing a unique experience at our visitor center for tourists and locals alike to utilize our resources - balancing the responsibility of representing the community while remaining relevant - therefore we would like to enhance our display and retail space in a way that dignifies the historic Sibley's Store but accurately portrays Mathews culture, history, and natural ecosystem. 

The Mathews Visitor and Information Center (MCVIC) has long term and short term goals for our operation. Our short term goals include display and retail enhancements to better our services to the community and visitors. In 2012, MCVIC added a Chesapeake Room to honor the history by illustrating the relationship of the Chesapeake Bay to the residents of Mathews. Now we would like to further incorporate that concept into new tourism and information displays to depict the continued relationship that Mathews County has with the Bay through its economy, lifestyle, dining, and recreation. We are fundraising to develop, and implement a structural plan for displaying these areas in a way that models more modern visitor centers.

Our long-term goals focus on the structural integrity of our headquarters. MCVIC is located in a historic Victorian store front that was built circa 1898 and has served its residents as a general store for over 100 years. Despite our absolute respect and gratitude for having our headquarters in the center of Downtown Mathews, we are developing long-term plans to preserve the historic building to continue serving the community as the designated visitor center.

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 locations prior to purchasing the current building in January 2009. Sibley’s General Store was added to the list of National Historic districts and has been designated as a Certified Tourist Information Center. 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.  Over 35 wonderful volunteers spend an average of seven hours per month working in the center. 


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 under 9,000. MCVIC has worked for many years to make Mathews a tourist destination to help support the local economy. We are located on Main Street in the heart of the Mathews Courthouse area, in fact all roads downtown lead to the Sibley's General Store.

We always act ethically, with integrity, and assume positive intent. We aim to be transparent and open in all of our operations and decisions made as an organization.  We support tourism always keeping in mind the greater good of the community as our end goal.  An equitable portion of our generated income from tourism stays within the community. What makes our visitor center unique is our efforts to incorporate the visions and agency of our residents in our visions for the future.  We help preserve the natural spaces and resources of the county, protect and promote the health of our natural ecosystem, and promote an environment where all people are respected, valued, and appreciated.
CEO Statement
The Mathews Visitor and Information Center (MCVIC) provides so much more than one might envision from a tourist operation. Well over 45 people volunteer their time and expertise into the daily operations and success of the visitor center, sharing a vision and passion that far exceeds the modest size of Mathews County, Virginia.  As a nonprofit organization, our measures of success do not focus on generated income, or the quantity of visitors that walk through our doors, rather the effectiveness of our role in impacting the community, stimulating economic growth, marketing responsible and eco-conscious tourism, and serving our role in promoting local businesses.  Our home at Sibley's is worn and comfortable, our walls decorated with culture and the celebration of or our natural resources. Our mission shares the vision of careful and considerate development that dignifies the history of our unique town.  MCVIC is in the heart of downtown Main Street, and it is our utmost intent to make sure all roads lead to Sibley's and our door remains open to pass-throughs, new-comers, and locals. 
Emily Allen
Executive Director
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Mathews County
Mathews County, Virginia 23109
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Greg Brown Dusenberry
Company Affiliation Innkeeper
Term Jan 2016 to Jan 2019
Board of Directors
Board Members
Libby Boyer community volunteer
Greg Dusenberry Innkeeper
Lynda Smith Greve Mathews Land Conservancy Administrator
Frances Hudgins architect
Jody Hudson Administrative, County of Mathews
Janice Jones Local Business Owner
Rachel Mitchum Banking
Bruce Nelson web design
Marianne Rizzio community volunteer
Hunt Thompson treasurer
Janice Vogel Board Member
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 14
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 8
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 80
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? No
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 50
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Housing and Community Development
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
As executive director of MCVIC my major responsibility is to oversee the daily activity in the visitor center.  The center is staffed with very knowledgeable volunteers who welcome visitors and answer questions. Because tourism is so critical to the Mathews community the Visitor Center is the first place visitors come to. 
Executive Director
Executive Director Mr John A Doe
Full Time Staff 1
Volunteers 28
Contractors 0
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan?
Certified Tourist Information CenterVirginia Tourism Corporation2012
Description Annual Christmas parade, visit with Santa, and community Christmas tree lighting.
Description Annual Tour De Chesapeake
Description Bi-annual Community Road-side Cleanup
Description Free Brochures, Website, Map of Mathews County 
Description Annual "FYI Mathews" booklet published each year with directory, businesses and services, local guide, tide charts events, & community information. 
Description Annual listing of Mathews lodging available to visitors online, in the Center, and in "FYI Mathews". 
Description Sell retail for over 85 local artists.
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $5,000.00
Projected Expenses $3,000.00
Spending Policy Income Only
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$101,299$98,099$104,998
Administration Expense$8,907$9,035$10,281
Fundraising Expense$6,823$5,674$6,421
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.101.071.29
Program Expense/Total Expenses87%87%86%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue10%10%8%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$399,435$386,840$379,158
Current Assets$121,770$108,118$92,802
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$1,787$1,264$1,158
Total Net Assets$397,648$385,576$378,000
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities68.1485.5480.14
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Campaign Purpose To complete renovation and restoration of the Mathews County Visitor & Information Center (MCVIC), formerly Sibley's General Store, a Virginia & National Historic landmark.
Goal $0.00
Amount Raised To Date $0.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit 5/2018View
Foundation Comments
  •  Financial Information provided by Form 990-EZ.