The Eastern Shore of Virginia Historical Society preserves and interprets the history of the Eastern Shore, educates the community about its past, and serves as a cultural center. Please consider a donation today to help preserve the Society-owned historic Hopkins and Bro. Store by replacing the bulkhead and dock.

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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 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. We also host events at other locations on the Shore.


The Historical Society educates visitors of all ages via various public programming throughout the year. Our History Travels curriculum focuses on helping students and teachers make connections between their Eastern Shore home and national history. Camps and field trips for youngsters are offered. Adult education is an important aspect of our mission as well. We host workshops and lectures on a wide variety of topics, such as genealogy; architectural history; and folk art.