school trips


ESVHS offers a variety of tours and activity days for K-12 and home school groups. Each tour includes support for and enrichment of Standards of Learning curricula and caters to each grade level.


School Tours of ker place

The tour of Ker Place introduces students to 19th-century family life and provides an opportunity to view an historic Federal home filled with lovely architectural details. The tour includes exploring the herb garden, playing games from the 1800s, and viewing the beautifully restored Annie C., an early 20th-century oyster boat. Teachers also may request a tour lesson that connects Eastern Shore history to a particular time period.

There is no fee for school tours. Contact 757.787.8012 or to schedule and discuss your field trip needs.

Field Trips

Ker Place offers field trips throughout the year. These are available by appointment from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays during the school year. Each teacher will receive a packet of parallel activities, and the students may take home any objects they create. Please schedule trips at least a month in advance. Students should bring a lunch.

Currently there are three field trips offered. All field trips include a tour of Ker Place by a docent.

Student admission: $6 each
Teachers/chaperones: free

Eastern Shore in 1607

Grades 3 through 8

Geography, Flora and Fauna in the early 17th century

Early Native Americans

First Europeans


Writing with quill pens

Who Am I?

Grades 5 through 8

Introduction to Genealogy - creating a basic family tree

Understanding court records

Researching cemeteries & on-site gravestone rubbings

Onancock Town Square Research Race

Exploring websites to discover your ancestors

Using family heirlooms to discover a family's history

What in the World is That?

Grades 5 through 8

Identifying trees & herbs using dichotomous keys

Learning basics of herb drying and preserving leaves

Archaeology game

Early 19th-century architecture

Architecture treasure hunt