ker place

history of ker place

This magnificent Federal period Georgian style house was built in 1799-1803 for prosperous merchant farmer John Shepherd Ker and his wife Agnes Corbin Ker and their family. It is described by the Virginia Historical Landmarks Commission as "the finest and most elaborate Federal mansion on Virginia's Eastern Shore," and "one of the Shore's major architectural landmarks."

The elegant home has been restored to its original appearance as noted in the 1806 John Ker inventory. Rich colors, detailed plaster work, and finely crafted woodwork are found throughout the house. Period antique furnishings create an authentic ambiance of plantation life in the early 19th century on the Eastern Shore.

today

Ker Place, formerly named Kerr Place, is the headquarters of the Eastern Shore of Virginia Historical Society located in Onancock, VA.

This house operates as a museum that is open for visitors with trained volunteer docents giving guided tours of the interpretive interior as well as various exhibits, laboratories and research space.

The second floor of the structure is currently used as museum exhibit space and the Society's library, archives and collections spaces. The smaller and newer section of the home is used as a welcome center for visitors with a Museum Shop and office space for staff. The entire house is used as gallery space for important Eastern Shore artwork, and for programs and rotating exhibits.

It is also used as a venue for weddings and other special events for the community. Tours of the house are available throughout the year by appointment 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM. We suggest that you call ahead to ensure that a docent will be available.

directions to ker place

Heading North

  • Heading North on US 13 Lankford Hwy turn left at Route 179 Market Street.
  • Stay on road for approximately 1 mile and Ker Place will be on your right.
  • Turn into the driveway with the white picket fence.

Heading South

  • Heading South on US 13 Lankford Hwy turn right at Route 179 Market Street.
  • Stay on road for approximately 1 mile and Ker Place will be on your right.
  • Turn into the driveway with the white picket fence.

location

69 Market Street
Onancock, VA 23417
Map

Admission

By donation

Hours

March - December
Tuesday - Saturday
11:00 - 3:00
Tours are on the hour. The last tour begins at 2:00 or schedule a private tour.

Contact

(757) 787-8012

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