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27 September 2014
2/9/2014 - Mary Ann Carr

The Bay School Community Arts Center’s 16th Annual Fine Arts Auction on September 27

The Bay School Community Arts Center in Mathews will hold the 16th Annual Fine Art’s Auction at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 27 at Riverlawn, the 140-year old home of Joe & Carter Reid. 

Historic Riverlawn, Mathews County

Located on the East River in Mathews, the historic home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  The antiquity of the home reflects this year’s auction theme, An Evening With The Masters, honoring the great artists of the past.  Table centerpieces, designed by local artists in the style of their favorite master, will be a special attraction in the Silent Auction.

Riverlawn Owners Joe and Carter Reid

The festivities will include elegant hors d’oeuvres and a delicious dinner buffet, catered by Wes Holland.  Paul Robert’s Orchestra, featuring Paul Roberts at the piano, will provide music during the Silent Auction, which will offer art, interesting tours, tickets, golf packages and other delightful treats to the highest bidders.
The Live Auction will feature collectible art by well-known area artists, commissioned pieces, hand-crafted furniture, catered dinners and a variety of travel packages. 

The auction is the Bay School’s annual fund raising event and its primary source of income.  The Bay School is a non-profit 501c3 whose mission is to provide quality art education to all people regardless of age or ability.  The School provides 100 classes per year for artists and craftsman of all ages, and an outreach program for underserved populations in the area.  Located on Main Street in Mathews, the facility houses the Art Speaks Gallery, the Art Supply Store, three classrooms and a small lending library of wonderful art books.

Your ticket cost and winning bids will allow the Bay School to continue to fulfill its mission.  Tickets are available at the Bay School for $75 per person.  Call 804 725-1278 for more information. 


Once known as the Cordelia Murray House, Riverlawn’s history begins with Cordelia Williams, born in 1845.  Raised in Mathews, Cordelia went to Baltimore when she was a young woman to make hats in a millinery shop.  While there, she met Heron Murray, a successful businessman.  The couple came to Mathews in 1870.  They played a role in restoring the local economy after the Civil War when they helped build B. Williams Store at Williams Wharf Landing, a general mercantile store selling food, household goods, ship’s supplies and ladies hats.

Cordelia was a descendant of Samuel Williams, a prominent resident of Mathews near the time of the Revolution who established a port and warehouse at Williams Wharf.  The site became a center for maritime activity with more than 10,000 trading vessels sailing to the port between 1802 and 1844.  It was also a major port for steamboats, traveling from Baltimore to Norfolk in the early part of the 20th century.

The Murrays built Riverlawn in 1874.  Located on the East River near Williams Wharf, the home served as a summer residence.  An amateur architect, Murray designed the house with its Federal/Colonial Revival exterior and its four over four central hall floor plan.

John J. Burke III, a Director of the Bank of Mathews and publisher of the Mathews Journal, purchased Riverlawn in 1917.  He and his wife, Clara Miller, resided there until 1931.  His granddaughter, Mary Burke Donald Zacharias, and her husband, Edward A. Zacharias, acquired the home in the 1960’s.  Edward started Capitol Oil Company in 1963 in Richmond and was successful in this business as well as in real estate and insurance. 

The home remained in the Zacharias family until it was sold in 2010 to Carter and Joe Reid of Richmond.  The couple renovated its interior, taking care to maintain its original charm with its beautiful mantels, hand-crafted door knobs and locks.  In 2012 the Department of Historic Resources listed the property in the National Register of Historic Places.

For more information, please contact Mary Ann Carr, Publicity Chair, at 804 725-9843, or by eMail HERE.

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