The 2021 Festival has been Cancelled
Celebrate the history and culture at the Gwynns Island Festival on the last weekend of June with these itinerary of events.
History of Gwynn’s Island
Gwynn’s Island is an island located in the Chesapeake Bay off of VA’s Middle Peninsula on the northeast side of Mathews County. It is connected by a bridge over Milford Haven.
Archaeological evidence shows that the island was inhabited as early as ten thousand years ago. In 1642, Hugh Gwynn of Jamestown purchased the island and his family were the first English settlers there. The Island served as a base for Lord Dunmore, the last royal governor of VA after the burning of Norfolk. The Battle of Cricket hill led Dunmore to leave the island by 1776.
More information about the history can be found at the Gwynn’s Island Museum.
While the history is remarkable, the view and environment of Gwynn’s Island is serene. Once you cross the bridge, you feel as if you are in a Chesapeake Bay Island paradise and your worries wash away!
Gwynn’s Island 5k & 8K Race is ON
Saturday, June 25th
8k & 5k start at 8am. 1 mile race starts at 8:10am. Raffle and awards to follow
Event location 1995 Old Ferry Road. Packet pickup Friday night, 5-7pm at Festival Fried chicken Dinner. See details above.
Gwynn’s Island Festival
Saturday, June 26th
Last Saturday in June, 9am to 4pm.
Festival has a variety of handmade crafts, jewelry, wood crafts, leather, paintings, photography, ironworks. Festival will also feature live music, antique cars, pie eating contest, sack races and fire demonstration, food vendors, kids zone & face painting.
Events at Gwynn’s Island Civic Center, 1996 Old Ferry Rd., Gwynn, VA 23066