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 SOL curricula and is catered 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 unique architectural details. The tour includes exploring the herb garden, playing 19th century games and viewing the beautifully restored Annie C., an early 20th century oyster boat. Teachers also may request a lesson for a tour, which connects Eastern Shore history to a particular time period.

Stronger than Steel: 10 Women. 4 Years. 1 War.

"On the eve of the Civil War, ten women on Virginia's Eastern Shore lived very different lives. They were mothers, sisters, wives, daughters and friends whose stories endure through documents and artifacts. Over the course of four years, these ten women find their lives changed. Their journey reveal a level of determination, faith and resolve that proved Stronger than Steel."

Students visiting the Stronger than Steel Exhibit will learn about these 10 women and how their stories demonstrate the impact the Civil War had on all walks of life. Activities will likely include a group activity to introduce the women to the students, embroidery, discussion about the Oath of Allegiance, and an introduction to the archives and artifact collection to demonstrate how historians and researchers can weave together these women's lives.

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 and are available by appointment from 10:00-2:0 on weekdays during the school year. Each teacher will receive a packet of parallel activities and the students may take home any objects they created. Please schedule trips 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: $6.00
Teachers/Chaperones: Free

Eastern Shore in 1607

Grades 3-8

Geography, Flora and Fauna in the early 17th century

Early Native Americans

First Europeans


Writing with quill pens

Who Am I?

Grades 5-8

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

sing family pictures to discover a family's history

What in the World is That?

Grades 5-8

Identify trees & herbs using dichotomous keys

Learn basics of herb drying and preserving leaves

Archaeology game

Early 19th century architecture

rchitecture Treasure Hunt