Born November 20, 1884 in Charlottsville Virginia, Mr. Jason Chilton Matthews was considered a renaissance man for his eccentric ways and world travels. “A world explorer, writer, author and traveler – from the Amazon to the Ganges – he gave people credit from what they are regardless of race, color or creed, without discredit for what they were not or should have been.” exert from Mr. Jason Matthews obituary published in the American Mercury Magazine.
One of his greatest accomplishments was building the largest adobe structure in Texas, Quinta Mazatlan. Armed with a secret adobe block making recipe, true grit and heart, he and his wife Marcia completed the mansion in 1944. Quinta Mazatlan became the headquarters, laboratory and studio for the many endeavors they embarked on.
He was a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. He penned “Flame and Melody”, a collection of poems while at Quinta Mazatlan and was credited for composing “Maria”, which was often performed by Fred Waring. Other music classics were, “Moon Over London”, “An Orchid from Hawaii” and “At the Last World’s Fair” to name a few. Mr. Matthews also conducted the Air Force Band out of Moore Air Field Base in McCook.
Owner of the American Mercury, an anti-communist magazine, and founder of “Legions for the Survival of Freedom”, nationalists and populists interested in pro- individual liberty and pro-patriotic, Mr. Matthews patriotism to his country was incomparable to no other. He fought in 11 battles around the globe. His devotion to this country led him to create the ideal nutritional mixture to grow vegetables quickly and efficiently through the use of hydroponics. This concoction was used by our military in the Philippines and Guam after World War II to provide our soldiers abroad healthy and nutritious vegetables.
One can only imagine the life that Mr. Jason Matthews lived. An extraordinary life fulfilling his dreams as an adventurer, author, composer and most of all a true patriot.
Tours have begun and will continue weekly through April 2018. All public tours are included in admission fee: $2 Children under 12, $2 Senior Citizens and $3 Adults. Free admission to members and children ages 2 years & under. Private bookings are available.
For groups with 10 or more are required to call in advance and schedule a Private Tour.