April 3, 1938: "Construction of the Mathews forest lookout tower some time this spring has been announced by Wilbur C. Hall, chairman of the Virginia conservation commission. This 100-feet steel structure, which will be erected by the forest service, a division of the commission, will be located on highway No. 14 about one and one-half miles east of Foster, on a site donated by Mr. and Mrs. George A. Phillips of Mobjack. This tower, which will be one of the highest in the State, will represent an investment of approximately $1,800, and was procured at no cost to the county." (Daily Press)
September 5, 1938: "Mrs. Forrest Ashberry told Trial Justice C.G. Jones her husband tried to force her to jump from the fire tower near Mathews, Va. She said her screams attracted highway workers who rescued her. Jones ordered Ashberry held for grand jury action on a charge of felonious assault and attempting to maim, disfigure and kill his wife." (Danville Bee)
National Geodetic Survey
DESIGNATION - MATHEWS LOOKOUT TOWER PID - GV4242 STATE/COUNTY- VA/MATHEWS COUNTRY - US USGS QUAD - MATHEWS (1965)
DESCRIBED BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1942 (GWL) THIS INTERSECTION STATION IS THE MATHEWS LOOKOUT TOWER WHICH IS LOCATED ABOUT 4.1 MILES NE OF THE TOWN OF MATHEWS. IT IS A 4-LEGGED STEEL STRUCTURE ABOUT 100 FEET HIGH WITH A GLASS ENCLOSED CAB ON THE TOP. IT IS OWNED AND OPERATED BY THE STATE FOREST SERVICE. THE APEX OF THE ROOF WAS THE POINT OBSERVED UPON.