The Eastern Shore of Virginia Historical Society preserves and interprets the history of our area, educates the community about its past, and serves as a cultural center. Please consider a donation today to help us continue property improvements, relevant exhibits, and varied programming.



The Historical Society is the place for learning about the history and experiencing the culture of Virginia’s Eastern Shore. We welcome visitors to view our permanent displays of period furniture, portraits, and domestic furnishings. Our Wise/Cropper exhibit tells the story of two native Eastern Shoremen, Gov. Henry Wise and Gen. John Cropper, through artifacts depicting their lives at home and war. In addition, we are always combing through our collection and engaging our community to create fresh and interesting temporary exhibits.


The Eastern Shore community is invited to a variety of ESVHS-hosted events throughout the year, including black history celebrations, our Crab Crackin’ feast, and our decadent Holiday Dinner. These affairs highlight the beauty of Ker Place, both inside and out. The gorgeous Federal-period landscape and Georgian-style architecture offer the perfect backdrop for any special occasion. The grounds and museum are open to the public for venue rental. We also host community events up and down the Eastern Shore.


The Historical Society educates visitors of all ages via various programming throughout the year. Our History Travels curriculum focuses on helping students and teachers make connections between their home and national history. Camps for ages 4 to 14 and field trips for youngsters are offered. Adult education is an important aspect of our mission as well. We host workshops, book signings, and lectures on a wide variety of topics, ranging from criminal investigations and architectural history to the story of food and wine in the South.