Tuesday, February 22, 2011


January 2011

On the same property where the old Gwynn's Island School once stood is a building that used to be Shiloh United Methodist Church.

January 2011

Shiloh was founded in 1893, and services were held in this building in its previous location across the street until 1976, when the congregation merged with Mathews Chapel in Cobbs Creek.

February 2009

The building is now used by the Gwynn's Island Civic League.

February 2009

To recap:
  • The Gwynn's Island Civic League building used to be a church named Shiloh.
  • Shiloh United Methodist Church was moved from its original location directly across the street.
  • The site on which it now sits used to be the Gwynn's Island School.
  • The Gwynn's Island School was moved across the way to house what is now the Gwynn's Island Museum.
  • Anyone else confused?
  • No matter which building or patch of land you pick out in Mathews County, rest assured it has lived a thousand several lives.
In other news:
  • The Gwynn's Island Festival is held on this site each year.
  • Last year Chesapeake Bay Woman wore a crab hat to the festival.
  • She was shocked to realize she was not the only one.
  • A lady at one of the food booths wore one too.
  • This year's festival will be Saturday, June 25.
  • Chesapeake Bay Woman thinks it would be a grand idea to sell crab hats, since last year so many people asked where she purchased hers.
  • (She purchased hers from a campground over on the Eastern Shore and cannot believe how much joy this one small hat with crazy claws has brought her.)
  • Anyone wishing to reserve booth space at the Gwynn's Island Festival should contact Cricket Call at (804) 725- 7577.
  • My mother and I played softball against Cricket back in the late 1970s/early 1980s.
  • Oh, how I loved the summer softball leagues back then.
  • I'll stop now before I venture too far off track.
  • Too late.
This concludes a post which had its roots in Shiloh but quickly sprouted out to crabs hats, the Gwynn's Island Festival, and Parks and Rec softball.


deborah said...

Pretty building/former Church! Do the folks there just randomly decide to move a building? or is there a method to the madness? (Notice the word madness, which is so close to crazy, which is where I am).
Have a great week!

Kay L. Davies said...

Another reason for visiting Virginia. I want one of those hats.
Churches seem to change hats as often as people do, it seems.
-- K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

maria_nj said...

sorry that I have been missing in action, life is getting in the way. I need to go back home today, (north Jersey) for a funeral, my 1st cousin died and she was more like a sister than a cousin. Very sad, gone way too soon. Cancer.

CBW I found this link, are these the hats you are talking about. They might have a wholesale price. Our local crab cake guy wears one like this...

well everybody have a great day and I will be missing again for a few...

maria_nj said...

oops the link...http://www.imprintitems.com/custom/9425260?utm_source=google&utm_medium=base&utm_campaign=over250feed

Country Girl said...

It snowed last night here in Maryland and we've got about 5-6 inches on the ground. It's a snow day. Woot!

Oh, beautiful church here.

Meg @ Soup Is Not A Finger Food said...

You totally need to place a bulk order for those hats and sell 'em. June 25 you say? Hmmm, I think I'm free that day...

Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

Maria - I'm so sorry to hear about your cousin. Just checked out the link - that is close to the crab hat I have. I just might pursue this further...

Have a great day, everyone.

Mental P Mama said...

Wait. What?

wv: gonsore My brain done gonsore reading this.

Daryl said...

I am so behind ... glad to finally get a chance to sit and read blogs and visit with Blisters