Anyone who visited, resided in or otherwise came into contact with Mathews County in the 1970's - 1980's knows about the wonderland called the Islander, shown above from the vantage point of a Gwynn's Island bridge opening.
Perched on the most perfect spot of prime waterfront ever created by a higher being, the Islander was a destination in and of itself--even for residents of Mathews.
This Oz of Gwynn's Island consisted of a marina (shown above, still in use); a two-story motel (no longer available to the general public, but which had the best water views this side of Serenity); a restaurant (closed, but had the best water views this side of Heaven); and an upstairs lounge (a distant yet fond memory, with the best water views on the Eastern seaboard and more than a few colorful characters).
Every summer of my youth was spent here poolside,
Actually, a part of the charm of the Islander--in addition to its perfect waterfront location--was all the tourists and transients it attracted. Those of us who grew up in Mathews had very limited contact with Whatever Else was going on outside our community, and here in one central location we had a good restaurant, a great pool in the summertime and contact...with the outside world.
An entire website could be devoted to the memories the Islander generates for so many people. Since it's late and I need some sleep, I'll wrap this up rather quickly by saying that the fondest memories of my youth involve the Islander and what a dream come true it would be if it could be revived to its original splendor.
For anyone who ever visited
Or just say whatever you want. Tell me what you had for dinner last night. Or say nothing and wonder when this roller coaster is ever coming to a stop.
We have now reached a complete stop. Please lift the safety bar and exit to your left without stampeding.