Mathews Mill - Newport News VA
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Don.Morfe
N 37° 06.369 W 076° 30.838
18S E 365476 N 4107720
Quick Description: In the seventeenth century, the Mathews family dammed the upper reaches of Deep Creek here to create a millpond. Captain Samuel Mathews, Sr., had arrived in Virginia about 1622 and quickly rose to prominence.
Location: Virginia, United States
Date Posted: 11/13/2020 1:11:14 PM
Waymark Code: WM13D9V
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Alfouine
Views: 1

Long Description:
Mathews Mill-An Ancient Mill Type--(sidebar)
Newport News was a small community located in Warwick County until late in the 19th century. Established as a town in 1880, it was incorporated as a city in 1896. Warwick County, one of the eight original Virginia shires formed by 1634, became extinct in 1952 when it was designated the city of Warwick. It merged with Newport News in 1958.

In the seventeenth century, the Mathews family dammed the upper reaches of Deep Creek here to create a millpond. Captain Samuel Mathews, Sr., had arrived in Virginia about 1622 and quickly rose to prominence. He was the colony’s militia commander and a governor’s councilor, and was described as “a most deserving Common-wealth’s man, keeps a good house, lives bravely, and [is] a true lover of Virginia.”

Mathews patented several estates but established Mathews Manor as his home at Deep Creek on the Warwick River. There, he created a 5,000-acre plantation and several cottage industries. Mathews Manor included an ironworks for arms manufacture and a distillery for the production of turpentine, pitch, tar, and naval stores. Merchant vessels docked at the plantation to purchase salt meat, flour, and other supplies before sailing back across the Atlantic Ocean to England. Mathews operated a gristmill here until the mid-1600s. The Digges and Young families later operated successive gristmills at this location. The present mill dates to about 1820.
Group that erected the marker: Newport News Founders Trail

URL of a web site with more information about the history mentioned on the sign: [Web Link]

Address of where the marker is located. Approximate if necessary:
intersection of Old Grist Mill Lane and Warwick Boulevard (U.S. 60)
Newport News , VA USA
23602


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