Scion's Son: John Sergeant Wise of Kiptopeke - Reception and Lecture

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Scion's Son: John Sergeant Wise of Kiptopeke - Reception and Lecture

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May 4, 2018

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Join Shore historians Dennis Custis and Kellee Blake for an evening of memorable stories about the illustrious John Sergeant Wise (1846-1913), attorney, congressman, Virginia Military Institute cadet/Civil War soldier, author, and son of Gov. Henry A. Wise. The event, hosted by the Eastern Shore of Virginia Historical Society, is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday, May 4, at the Palace Theatre in Cape Charles. The life adventures of John S. Wise, a child of the Shore, were literally the stuff of movies, as was his Chesapeake Bay dream home, Kiptopeke. Wise’s social circle included great authors, politicians, and military leaders of his day, including Mark Twain and the Astors. Among his correspondents were Theodore Roosevelt; Henry Irving; Grover Cleveland; and Varina Davis, widow of Jefferson Davis. In December 2017, precious Wise family items came up for sale in Northern auctions. Some were rescued to be returned to Virginia and the Shore. Others were scattered in perpetuity to autograph collectors around the world, likely unavailable to future researchers. The discussion will address what can be done to better support and protect institutions committed to gathering collections and telling stories such as Wise’s. Admission is $25 for Historical Society members, $30 for not-yet members.