Preservation Mathews, Inc.
P.O. Box 1007
Mathews VA 23109-1007
Mission Statement
The mission of Preservation Mathews is to identify at risk historic homes, structures and properties within Mathews County, Virginia and to work with the community to preserve and/or restore them for future generations. 
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Thornton Hil
Board Chair Mr. Thornton M Hill
Board Chair Company Affiliation Long and Foster Real Estate
Contact Information
Address P.O. Box 1007
Mathews, VA 231091007
Telephone 804 384 2444
Fax 804 505-1013
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2016
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
Projected Revenue $12,000.00
Projected Expenses $8,550.00
The mission of Preservation Mathews is to identify at risk historic homes, structures and properties within Mathews County, Virginia and to work with the community to preserve and/or restore them for future generations. 
Impact Preservation Mathews, Inc was created after a need was seen in the community.  The L.M. Callis House was in danger of being demolished.  Our goal was to save the house.  This meant we had to go through creating a board, getting our organizational papers in order and then filing for our non-profit status.  We did this in record time and then were able to broker the sale of the house to a private investor.  Preservation Mathews paid for the L.M. Callis House move as part of the sale.  On December 28, 2016 the L.M. Callis House was moved to a vacant lot on Main Street in Mathews County just three days shy of the demolition deadline. This is the greatest accomplishment of Preservation Mathews. 
Needs Our most pressing need is for funding.  We have raised $14,120 of the $60,000 cost of setting up Preservation Mathews and then moving the L.M. Callis house.   

Preservation Mathews, Inc. Is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to the identifying of at-risk historic homes, structures and properties within Mathews County Virginia and to work with the community to preserve and/or restore them for future generations. The past is the basis upon which our future is built. To quote historian Marcus Garvey, “A people without knowledge of their past history, origin, and culture is like a tree without roots”. To also quote Rick Hammond, grandson of J. Eddie. Callis, “ Men like A. C . Hudgins, R. B. Respess, Claudie V. Hunley, A. D. Hudgins, C. L . Morgan, A. J. Miller and Ernest Diggs were the backbone of the Mathews Courthouse area.” They employed Callis Construction to assist in this endeavor. The L. M.Callis House touched on the lives of the men listed above and will now anchor the future Downtown Historic District. Stories abound of local families with ties to this home over the generations. Callis Construction was responsible for most of the Main Street block which now houses the Halcyon Building and others.

Preservation Mathews was resolved not to lose another relevant building without an attempt to save it. Our group had so little time between finding a suitable buyer and the threats of demolition from the Bay School (who incidentally enjoys a tax-free status). On December 31st, Preservation Mathews had to quickly borrow $55,000.00 to move the L. M. Callis house to its present location instead of having time to raise the funds. It is well worth the saving of this local treasure of our community’s past, but a heavy challenge all the same.

The L.M. Callis House, once a forgotten symbol of prosperity, will now anchor the south end of Main Street Mathews as a hotel. The new use will initially have 4 suites with room to expand as needed. With the loss of the Buckley Hall Bed and Breakfast in the center of Mathews, the Callis Hotel will be a welcome location for visitors wanting to see our shops and enjoy our restaurants. Visiting scholars, artists, and speakers will have a central location in which to stay. Indeed, it also re-enters the tax rolls as a viable contribution to the benefit of all Mathew’s citizens. And with Ian Morse’s touch, it will be a wonderful reminder that Mathews’ past is not lost.

CEO Statement We do not have a CEO or Executive Director
Board Chair Statement

I have been involved in the preservation, restoration, public education, & sales of our wonderful real estate heritage for the last 38 years. Since choosing to move to the quaint village of Mathews, I have worked very hard to save buildings like the L.M. Callis House from destruction. I have focused on these properties because they are the building blocks upon which communities are built & futures are made. I knew from the onset that our efforts were working against the clock on this particular property, but it’s value was so important. After exploring all other options, we partnered with Morse Enterprises to move the house to his location, thus anchoring the end of the proposed historic village district and saving the house. The biggest challenge facing Preservation Mathews is educating our citizens on the need to preserve their heritage. Once we accomplish this, we need for them to contribute their time and their dollars to the same. We are now in the process of researching other properties for similar preservation and restoration, but not of the magnitude of the L. M. Callis House.

Areas of Service
Areas Served
Mathews County
Mathews County, Virginia 
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Thornton M Hill
Company Affiliation Long and Foster Real Estate
Term Aug 2016 to July 2020
Board CoChair
Board CoChair Mr. Thomas Karow
Company Affiliation Retired
Term Aug 2016 to July 2020
Board of Directors
Board Members
Mrs. Lori Jackson Black LJB Professional Genealogy and History Services
Mr. Thornton M Hill Long and Foster Real Estate
Mr. Thomas Karow Retired
Mr. Robert Peterson Retired
Dr. Michael Swiderski Storybound Contstruction
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 1
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 4
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 80
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Under Development
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 5
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 5
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
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Executive Director
Executive Director Mr. Thornton Hil
Experience We do not have a CEO.  This is a volunteer organization and Tim is the President.
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 0
Contractors 0
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Description We facilitated the move and purchase of the L.M. Callis House from the Bay School of Arts to a private buyer.  Preservation Mathews then paid for the move of the house.
Population Served US
Budget $55,000.00
Short Term Success The house was saved from demolition and moved to a new site on Main Street.  
Long Term Success This will put the Callis House back on the tax rolls of Mathews County. The move of the house to a location on Main Street will put the house within the Mathews Main Street Historic District.  The construction and rehabilitation of the house will provide jobs and with the new owner turning it into a Bed and Breakfast this will create tax revenue and several jobs within the Mathews County Community. We would like to offer our services as preservation consultants to the community in the future and work with them on securing state and federal historic preservation and restoration tax credits.
CEO/ED/Board Comments We are passionate about saving old structures in Mathews County. “The preservation of historic buildings benefits communities and connects us to our heritage, enriching the quality of our lives in many tangible and intangible ways.”[1]

[1] Virginia Department of Historic Resources. “Rehabilitation Tax Credits”. (accessed December 26, 2016).

Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $12,000.00
Projected Expenses $8,550.00
Spending Policy N/A
Form 990s
Audit Documents
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit Application 3/2017View