The Eastern Shore of Virginia Historical Society preserves and interprets the history of the Eastern Shore and educates the community about its past. Please consider a donation today to help preserve the historic Hopkins and Bro. Store and replace the failing dock and bulkhead.



The Historical Society is the place for learning about Eastern Shore history and culture. 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 Shore men, Gov. Henry Wise and Gen. John Cropper, through artifacts depicting their lives at home and at war. We are always combing through our collection and engaging our community to create new and exciting temporary exhibits.


The community is invited to a variety of ESVHS-hosted events throughout the year, including black history celebrations, our Crab Crackin’ feast, and our annual decadent Holiday Dinner. These events 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 event. Both the grounds and the museum are open to the public for venue rental, and we welcome you to host your event at Ker Place!


The Historical Society educates visitors young and old through various public programming events throughout the year. Our History Travels program focuses on helping students and teachers make connections between their Eastern Shore home and national history. Adult education is an important aspect of our programming as well. We host workshops and lectures on a wide variety of topics. Some have included genealogy, quilting, and Windsor chair construction.