From the Owner
On Hills Bay, in Mathews County, Virginia
“Where the Piankatank meets the Chesapeake Bay”
Guests can explore Gwynn’s Island on bikes available for use. Gwynn’s Island is rich in history and natural beauty. Legend says that a Native American princess (possibly Pocahontas) is said to have nearly drowned in the waters off the Island and was saved by Hugh Gwin, the island’s namesake, to whom the island was given in thanks by her father. The Island was the site of the Battle of Cricket Hill, an important Revolutionary War battle where the last royal Governor of Virginia was driven out of the Commonwealth for good, and it is home to an interesting Museum. A public marina for boats is located 1/4 mile from the Cottage. The Island and Mathews County are known for excellent fishing, boating, and water sports.
The Cottage is 3 miles from “downtown” Mathews with restaurants, interesting shops, historic structures, grocery stores, a library, and a farmer’s market on Saturday mornings 7 months a year. Nearby destinations include New Point Comfort Lighthouse, the 3rd oldest lighthouse on the Chesapeake designed by Thomas Jefferson, the idyllic towns of Deltaville, Kilmarnock, and Urbanna, historic Gloucester and Yorktown, and Colonial Williamsburg.