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Living Here: Mathews County

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Mathews County is considered a destination for those looking for a difference pace of life, as the Middle Peninsula county has grown more popular in recent years with retirees and other transplants. Still, fewer than 9,000 people remain spread over 85 square miles bordered by the Mobjack and Chesapeake bays and the Piankatank River.

The county has remained relatively undeveloped, retaining the slow-paced, friendly charm of a tight-knit country community. Just off the north coast is where hundreds of residents call Gwynn's Island home. The picturesque island is accessed by drawbridge and consists mostly of waterfront homes and a couple of eateries.

Outdoor activities abound throughout the county and include 90 miles of Mathews Blueways Water Trails. The network of offshore kayak and canoeing routes offer day and overnight paddling excursions.

The county also hosts the annual Tour De Chesapeake — a bicycling event that is a benefit for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. The community also sponsors Mathews Market Days, featuring local artists, such as P. Buckley Moss.

Mathews County

Population: 8,937

Area: 85 square miles

Founded: 1791

Median age: 46

Landmarks: Historic courthouse green, New Point Comfort Lighthouse

Board of Supervisors chairman: Janice Burns, 804-725-9063

http://www.co.mathews.

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