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Yorktown in York County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Nick's Seafood Pavilion

 
 
Nick's Seafood Pavilion Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, April 20, 2013
1. Nick's Seafood Pavilion Marker
Inscription. After a vacation stopover in Yorktown, Nick and Mary Mathews decided to return in 1944 to open a restaurant. The original Nick’s had 35 seats. Later, Nick’s Seafood Pavilion, famous for it’s fine seafood menu and ornate decor, expanded to seat 440.

Nick’s welcomed many dignitaries and entertainers. Among others, John Wayne, Elizabeth Taylor, Fred McMurray, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Randy Travis, the 1980 Winter Olympic torch relay runners, and two Russian military defectors dined at Nick’s. The couple openly expressed their love of America and Yorktown and generously supported many projects and causes, including donating land for the development of the Yorktown Victory Center. That generosity also extended to military members in uniform, who always ate free-of-charge at Nick’s.

In 1983, “Miss Mary” was chosen to sponsor the USS Yorktown (CG48), becoming the first immigrant to christen a U.S. Navy ship. “Mr. Nick” passed away, unexpectedly, on the way to the christening ceremony. Mary died in September 1998. The Mathews and the restaurant are fondly remembered, however, the restaurant was severely damaged in 2003 during Hurricane Isabel and was subsequently demolished.
 
Erected 2010 by York County.
 
Location.
Yorktown's Riverwalk image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher
2. Yorktown's Riverwalk
37° 14.348′ N, 76° 30.516′ W. Marker is in Yorktown, Virginia, in York County. Marker can be reached from Water Street west of Buckner Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Located along Yorktown's Riverwalk. Marker is in this post office area: Yorktown VA 23690, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. N.S. Savannah (here, next to this marker); The Olympic Flame (a few steps from this marker); George P. Coleman Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); Yorktown's Tea Party (within shouting distance of this marker); Heavy Artillery at Yorktown (within shouting distance of this marker); Wars & Yorktown (within shouting distance of this marker); George Washington and Francois De Grasse (within shouting distance of this marker); Kiskiak Indians (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Yorktown.
 
More about this marker. Photo courtesy of Jim Krikales. Photo courtesy of York County.
 
Categories. EntertainmentIndustry & Commerce
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 21, 2013, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 953 times since then and 102 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 21, 2013, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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