Taylor Bank presents Crab Crackin' at Ker Place
4:00 PM16:00

Taylor Bank presents Crab Crackin' at Ker Place

Taylor Bank presents Crab Crackin’ at Ker Place. The Eastern Shore of Virginia Historical Society will host an all-you-can-eat crab feast to showcase the Shore’s agricultural and aquacultural bounty to the tunes of the Crawdaddies, an East Coast roots-rock band that serves up a blend of Cajun, zydeco, and reggae. The band is sponsored by Accomack County Farm Bureau.

On the menu:

  • Steamed Crabs

  • Crab & Shrimp Boil with Sweet Corn and Potatoes

  • Barbecue

  • Coleslaw

  • Beer (3 beers included with purchase of ticket - additional available for purchase)

  • Wine (2 glasses included with purchase of ticket - additional available for purchase)

  • Water

Additional sponsors include Coastline Chemical, Inc. and the Kerns family.

Other contributors are: Edwards Seafood; August Boys Barbecue; Mt. Nebo Farms; David Mason; Dublin Farms; Shore Farm Market; J.C. Walker Bros.; Wendell Distributing Co.; The Island House; and Beracah Homes.

Tickets for the event are $50 each and can be purchased on this website under the ticket sales tab. Tickets will be mailed if purchased by Aug. 12. If purchased online after that, tickets will be held at will call. Tickets also are on sale by phoning 757.787.8012; at the Book Bin in Onley; Ker Place, 69 Market St., Onancock; or at the Dogwood Branch consignment shop, 4 North St. Onancock.

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"The Poulsons of Onancock Creek" Book Signing & Q&A with Author Jeanette Treadwell Darnell
6:00 PM18:00

"The Poulsons of Onancock Creek" Book Signing & Q&A with Author Jeanette Treadwell Darnell

Eight years in the making, "The Poulsons of Onancock Creek" shares the experience of young Charlotte as her family and town endure the tides of the American Civil War. Inspired by a tombstone in a small plot off Onancock's Hermitage Road, author Jeanette Darnell says, "An old cemetery found me, and I felt there was a story I was supposed to write."

Darnell's creative adaptation of Civil War history follows "Lottie" as Yankees make camp on her family's property along the Northern Branch of Onancock Creek, her father is arrested for being a Southern loyalist, and her brother and brother-in-law head off to the battlegrounds.

As Lottie's life changes with the waves of war, so does the future of her beloved Virginia and the fate of those in Lottie's life she holds most dear: her sister Kate, married to young Confederate surgeon Corbin Fletcher; her blockade-running gentleman caller, George Scarborough; and her young nephew, "Little Robbie."

The presentation and book signing will begin at 6 p.m. Aug. 3, at Ker Place, 69 Market St., in Onancock. Light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will be available. Admission is free, but reservations are appreciated. Call 757-787-8012 or email marketing@shorehistory.org to save a spot.


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Annual Gala
6:30 PM18:30

Annual Gala

Location: "The Suga Bowl"
16393 Courthouse Rd., downtown Eastville’s new terraced lawn & garden across from the Courthouse Green

Dinner by Chef Amy Brandt & dancing to music by the Tidewater Drive Band
Silent auction
Sponsorships, which begin at $500, are available and include tickets to the gala as well as a private pre-party bourbon tasting with soft-shell crabs. For more information regarding sponsorships, contact Amy Savona, marketing coordinator, at marketing@shorehistory.org.

Complimentary shuttle service will be available from Onley Town Center, 25020 Shore Pkwy., Onley, as well as Bay Creek Welcome Center, 3335 Stone Rd., Cape Charles.

Tickets are $130 per person. To purchase, please call 757-787-8012. Be ready to advise how many tickets for the gala will be needed and how many guests will be utilizing the shuttle service from which stop. Payment may be made by credit card over the phone or by mailing a check.

Any questions? Contact Amy Savona at marketing@shorehistory.org.

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Piecing It All Together:  Quilts of the Eastern Shore: Lecture, Show-and-Tell, & Afternoon Tea
10:00 AM10:00

Piecing It All Together: Quilts of the Eastern Shore: Lecture, Show-and-Tell, & Afternoon Tea

Our new exhibit, "Piecing it All Together: Quilts of the Eastern Shore," brings quilts from Salisbury University Nabb Research Center and unites them with pieces from the Historical Society Collection.  

Join us Saturday, April 14, at 10 a.m. for a lecture, "The History of Quilts and Quilt Making on the Eastern Shore," with Kay Butler and Cathy Spence, regional quilt historians and members of the American Quilt Study Group. Learn about the significance of pattern names; interesting technical information, such as the number of stitches per inch; and the use of fabric choices as you explore what the quilt makers may have been doing as they created beautiful quilts on display.  Following a lunch break, join us for show-and-tell with afternoon tea and snacks. Bring in one of your quilts or fiber pieces for Kay and Cathy to evaluate.  Attend sessions a la carte, or purchase a full-day package.

In the interest of time, evaluations will be limited to one 1 quilt or fiber piece per attendee.   

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Black History Matters: We Must Overcome
6:00 PM18:00

Black History Matters: We Must Overcome

Black History Matters: We Must Overcome

Join the Eastern Shore Historical Society at Ker Place on February 9th at 6:00 p.m. for the final installment of our trilogy in collaboration with Why,Yes! Consulting, LLC.  Black History Matters: We Must Overcome explores education, integration, and religion during the turbulent Civil Rights Era. Interpreters, performing throughout the home, will use songs, symbols and speeches to recreate race relations and confrontations of the mid 1960’s.

Tickets:      $10 for members & $15 for not-yet members.  Tickets can be purchased online through this website or at the door.

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The Dogwood Branch Consignment Shop Grand Opening
5:00 PM17:00

The Dogwood Branch Consignment Shop Grand Opening

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The Grand Opening Reception for the new ESVHS Consignment Shop will be held Friday, October 13 from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the shop's North Street location: 4 North Street, Onancock.

Regular store hours will begin Saturday, October 14. 

Hours of Operation
Monday, Thursday, and Friday, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Consignment Procedures
The ESVHS will be accepting consignments on Thursdays and Fridays beginning the week of September 11, 2017. We ask that if you have a large item, to please email a picture to executivedirector@shorehistory.org

Items Now Accepting
Linens, quilts, jewelry, paintings, decorative items and furniture. Items will be consigned at a 60/40 split.

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Sears Lecture & Book Signing with Rosemary Thornton
6:00 PM18:00

Sears Lecture & Book Signing with Rosemary Thornton

Friday, October 20, 2017, 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Rosemary Thornton, the country’s #1 authority on kit homes, has appeared on PBS’ History Detectives, A&E’s Biography, CBS’ Sunday Morning News, MSNBC, BBC Radio, and NPR’s All Things Considered. Her work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, Washington Post, L. A. Times, Dallas Morning News, USA TODAY, Old House Journal, American Bungalow, Blue Ridge Country and over 100 other publications! She’s also active in Amateur Radio!

Admission: FREE for Members, $5 for Not-Yet Members

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Annual Ker Art Festival/Music on the Lawn
to Sep 9

Annual Ker Art Festival/Music on the Lawn

**Calling all Artists, Photographers, and Fine Craftsmen**
ESVHS is looking for artists for our 2017 Ker Art Festival in September. This is a juried festival. Last year's vendors will be mailed/emailed information within the next couple of weeks.

If you're interested in being a vendor at this year's festival, please email Shannon Cousineau Gordon at marketing@shorehistory.org

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Registration Letter
Registration Form

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Invitational Hooked Rug Show Exhibit Opening Reception
6:00 PM18:00

Invitational Hooked Rug Show Exhibit Opening Reception

The ESVHS presents an Invitational Hooked Rug Show Exhibit featuring work from local artists as well as artists from Georgia to Pennsylvania!

The exhibit opening reception will be held at Ker Place during Onancock's 2nd Friday's from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. The exhibit will be on display through July 28. The reception is Free and Open to the Public. There will be a Cash Bar. For more information, visit shorehistory.org or call 757-787-8012.

There will be a rug hooking workshop July 17-20 at the Holy Trinity Episcopla Chuch 66 Market St Onancock, VA. For more information and to register, visit http://www.michelemicarelli.com/events/ or call Michele Micarelli at 203-387-8690.

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Annual Gala at Historic Meadville
6:00 PM18:00

Annual Gala at Historic Meadville

Annual Benefit on the Lawn at

Historic Meadville 
Meadville, 24291 Meadville Lane, Onancock, Virginia

A fundraising event for the Eastern Shore of Virginia Historical Society

Featuring music by the Tidewater Drive band

Attire: Smart Casual

Tickets may be purchased here

Thank You to our Generous Sponsors

Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital

Bill & Claudia Bagwell
Jane P. Batten
Carol & Butch Everett
Caleb & Lynne Fowler
Mr. & Mrs. L. Bruce Holland
Dr. Laura Kerbin & Mr. Rick Matthews
Leatherbury-Broach & Co. P.C.
Weichert Realtors/Accomack Title
Page & Tom Young

Drummond Ayres & Clare Salvaggio
Bay Creek
Eyre Baldwin
Delegate Robert S. Bloxom, Jr.
Brue Crow Antique Mall - Ellie & Len Cackowski
Book Bin
Canal Capital Management
Dawn & T. Lee Byrd
Chesapeake Investment Planning, LLC
Coldwell Banker Harbour Realty
Danny Doughty
Eastern Shore Events & Rentals
Greg & Patsy Felthousen
Ginsberg, Nottingham & Mapp
Fitzhugh Godwin
The Insurance Market, Inc.
David & Martha Johnson
Margaret MacKenzie
Katherine T. Mears
Mary McKenna - Merrill Lynch
Mitchell Custom Homes, Inc.
John Monroe & Karin Rush-Monroe
Mrs. Edwin H. Parkhurst, Jr.
Pep-Up, Inc.
Schatz & Pat Snyder
T & W Block
Ed & Amy Tankard
Rick Turner
Wilbanks, Smith & Thomas
Tyson Foods

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