From Grape to Glass
Jan
25
6:30 PM18:30

From Grape to Glass

This program will run from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, at Ker Place, 69 Market Street in Onancock. Tickets are $25 each and will include six tastings along with nibbles. Visit shorehistory.org/ticketsales to purchase. Seats are limited.

As we explore the term “noble grape” and how it became such an integral part of the viticultural world, we will sample six Virginia wines made from such grapes.

These will include pinot noir; cabernet sauvignon; merlot; sauvignon blanc; chardonnay; and riesling.

Serving as our “spirit adviser” will be Russ Williams, former general manager of New Jersey’s White Horse Wine and Spirits, whose multi-store concern serviced the Atlantic City area. As “wine expert” on staff, he met producers and distributors; selected stock; and traveled to, among other places, Napa Valley, the Chianti region of Tuscany, and the Bordeaux. In his personal time, he and his wife, Karrie, have traveled to the central coast of California (Santa Barbara and Paso Robles), returned to Napa and Sonoma, and visited the Burgundy and Champagne regions of France.

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Holiday Dinner at Ker Place
Dec
7
6:00 PM18:00

Holiday Dinner at Ker Place

Join us from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, for our annual holiday dinner at Ker Place. Soak up the holiday spirit with a delicious meal catered by Mallards at the Wharf while relaxing amid the delightful decorations throughout this beautiful historic home. Dinner is $80 apiece for Historical Society members and $85 for not-yet-members. Purchase tickets at shorehistory.org/ticketsales.

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SOLD OUT! 2018 Joan Marshall Lecture Series: Doris Kearns Goodwin discusses "Leadership in Turbulent Times"
Dec
1
5:30 PM17:30

SOLD OUT! 2018 Joan Marshall Lecture Series: Doris Kearns Goodwin discusses "Leadership in Turbulent Times"

UPDATE: The Doris Kearns Goodwin lecture this Saturday night is officially SOLD OUT. THERE WILL BE NO DOOR SALES. Important reminders for attendees: Come to the main school entrance at Nandua. All attendees should bring a printout of the order confirmation that was emailed to them - this serves as your ticket. For those of you who purchased VIP tickets, the reception is from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.; we recommend arriving about 5:15. For those of you who purchased general admission tickets, we do NOT recommend arriving before 6 p.m. Books will be available for sale for $30 each at the event; cash, check, and credit card will be accepted. The lecture will begin at 7 p.m. with a brief Q&A after, then Goodwin will sign for the general public. The amazing response to this event shows your huge interest in Goodwin as well as your kind support of the Eastern Shore of Virginia Historical Society. We thank you!!

The second installment of the 2018 Joan Marshall Lecture Series will feature world-renowned presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin. Goodwin will discuss her latest book, “Leadership in Turbulent Times,” which incorporates her five decades of scholarship studying former Presidents Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, and Lyndon Baines Johnson. The book provides an accessible and essential road map for aspiring and established leaders in every field and for all of us in our everyday lives.

ALL SALES FINAL.

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2018 Joan Marshall Lecture Series: Earl Swift discusses "Chesapeake Requiem"
Nov
3
7:00 PM19:00

2018 Joan Marshall Lecture Series: Earl Swift discusses "Chesapeake Requiem"

The 2018 Joan Marshall Lecture Series will kick off with veteran author and journalist Earl Swift discussing “Chesapeake Requiem,” a timely portrait of the Eastern Shore’s Tangier Island as the very water that has long sustained the 200-year-old Chesapeake Bay crabbing community is erasing the island day by day, wave by wave. Barring major intervention by the federal government, this storied place likely will succumb first among U.S. towns to the effects of climate change.

ALL SALES FINAL.

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World War I Exhibit Opening Reception
Sep
21
6:00 PM18:00

World War I Exhibit Opening Reception

With Nov. 11 marking the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that ended the First World War, the Eastern Shore of Virginia Historical Society is launching a World War I exhibit featuring Eastern Shoremen and their role in America’s part of the conflict. From across the United States, thousands of men, including hundreds from the Eastern Shore, enlisted in the armed forces. Many would not see home again.

From personal letters, diaries, and artifacts, the story of America in wartime is told through the eyes of Eastern Shoremen.

The opening reception will be hosted at Ker Place. Admission is free. The Historical Society will offer light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.

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Taylor Bank presents Crab Crackin' at Ker Place
Aug
18
4:00 PM16:00

Taylor Bank presents Crab Crackin' at Ker Place

Taylor Bank presents Crab Crackin’ at Ker Place. The Eastern Shore of Virginia Historical Society will host an all-you-can-eat crab feast to showcase the Shore’s agricultural and aquacultural bounty to the tunes of the Crawdaddies, an East Coast roots-rock band that serves up a blend of Cajun, zydeco, and reggae. The band is sponsored by Accomack County Farm Bureau.

On the menu:

  • Steamed Crabs

  • Crab & Shrimp Boil with Sweet Corn and Potatoes

  • Barbecue

  • Coleslaw

  • Beer (3 beers included with purchase of ticket - additional available for purchase)

  • Wine (2 glasses included with purchase of ticket - additional available for purchase)

  • Water

Additional sponsors include Coastline Chemical, Inc. and the Kerns family.

Other contributors are: Edwards Seafood; August Boys Barbecue; Mt. Nebo Farms; David Mason; Dublin Farms; Shore Farm Market; J.C. Walker Bros.; Wendell Distributing Co.; The Island House; and Beracah Homes.

Tickets for the event are $50 each and can be purchased on this website under the ticket sales tab. Tickets will be mailed if purchased by Aug. 12. If purchased online after that, tickets will be held at will call. Tickets also are on sale by phoning 757.787.8012; at the Book Bin in Onley; Ker Place, 69 Market St., Onancock; or at the Dogwood Branch consignment shop, 4 North St. Onancock.

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"The Poulsons of Onancock Creek" Book Signing & Q&A with Author Jeanette Treadwell Darnell
Aug
3
6:00 PM18:00

"The Poulsons of Onancock Creek" Book Signing & Q&A with Author Jeanette Treadwell Darnell

Eight years in the making, "The Poulsons of Onancock Creek" shares the experience of young Charlotte as her family and town endure the tides of the American Civil War. Inspired by a tombstone in a small plot off Onancock's Hermitage Road, author Jeanette Darnell says, "An old cemetery found me, and I felt there was a story I was supposed to write."

Darnell's creative adaptation of Civil War history follows "Lottie" as Yankees make camp on her family's property along the Northern Branch of Onancock Creek, her father is arrested for being a Southern loyalist, and her brother and brother-in-law head off to the battlegrounds.

As Lottie's life changes with the waves of war, so does the future of her beloved Virginia and the fate of those in Lottie's life she holds most dear: her sister Kate, married to young Confederate surgeon Corbin Fletcher; her blockade-running gentleman caller, George Scarborough; and her young nephew, "Little Robbie."

The presentation and book signing will begin at 6 p.m. Aug. 3, at Ker Place, 69 Market St., in Onancock. Light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will be available. Admission is free, but reservations are appreciated. Call 757-787-8012 or email marketing@shorehistory.org to save a spot.

 

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Annual Gala
Jun
9
6:30 PM18:30

Annual Gala

Location: "The Suga Bowl"
16393 Courthouse Rd., downtown Eastville’s new terraced lawn & garden across from the Courthouse Green

Dinner by Chef Amy Brandt & dancing to music by the Tidewater Drive Band
Silent auction
Sponsorships, which begin at $500, are available and include tickets to the gala as well as a private pre-party bourbon tasting with soft-shell crabs. For more information regarding sponsorships, contact Amy Savona, marketing coordinator, at marketing@shorehistory.org.

Complimentary shuttle service will be available from Onley Town Center, 25020 Shore Pkwy., Onley, as well as Bay Creek Welcome Center, 3335 Stone Rd., Cape Charles.

Tickets are $130 per person. To purchase, please call 757-787-8012. Be ready to advise how many tickets for the gala will be needed and how many guests will be utilizing the shuttle service from which stop. Payment may be made by credit card over the phone or by mailing a check.

Any questions? Contact Amy Savona at marketing@shorehistory.org.

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Piecing It All Together:  Quilts of the Eastern Shore: Lecture, Show-and-Tell, & Afternoon Tea
Apr
14
10:00 AM10:00

Piecing It All Together: Quilts of the Eastern Shore: Lecture, Show-and-Tell, & Afternoon Tea

Our new exhibit, "Piecing it All Together: Quilts of the Eastern Shore," brings quilts from Salisbury University Nabb Research Center and unites them with pieces from the Historical Society Collection.  

Join us Saturday, April 14, at 10 a.m. for a lecture, "The History of Quilts and Quilt Making on the Eastern Shore," with Kay Butler and Cathy Spence, regional quilt historians and members of the American Quilt Study Group. Learn about the significance of pattern names; interesting technical information, such as the number of stitches per inch; and the use of fabric choices as you explore what the quilt makers may have been doing as they created beautiful quilts on display.  Following a lunch break, join us for show-and-tell with afternoon tea and snacks. Bring in one of your quilts or fiber pieces for Kay and Cathy to evaluate.  Attend sessions a la carte, or purchase a full-day package.

In the interest of time, evaluations will be limited to one 1 quilt or fiber piece per attendee.   

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Black History Matters: We Must Overcome
Feb
9
6:00 PM18:00

Black History Matters: We Must Overcome

Black History Matters: We Must Overcome

Join the Eastern Shore Historical Society at Ker Place on February 9th at 6:00 p.m. for the final installment of our trilogy in collaboration with Why,Yes! Consulting, LLC.  Black History Matters: We Must Overcome explores education, integration, and religion during the turbulent Civil Rights Era. Interpreters, performing throughout the home, will use songs, symbols and speeches to recreate race relations and confrontations of the mid 1960’s.

Tickets:      $10 for members & $15 for not-yet members.  Tickets can be purchased online through this website or at the door.

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The Dogwood Branch Consignment Shop Grand Opening
Nov
10
5:00 PM17:00

The Dogwood Branch Consignment Shop Grand Opening

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The Grand Opening Reception for the new ESVHS Consignment Shop will be held Friday, October 13 from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the shop's North Street location: 4 North Street, Onancock.

Regular store hours will begin Saturday, October 14. 

Hours of Operation
Monday, Thursday, and Friday, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Consignment Procedures
The ESVHS will be accepting consignments on Thursdays and Fridays beginning the week of September 11, 2017. We ask that if you have a large item, to please email a picture to executivedirector@shorehistory.org

Items Now Accepting
Linens, quilts, jewelry, paintings, decorative items and furniture. Items will be consigned at a 60/40 split.

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Sears Lecture & Book Signing with Rosemary Thornton
Oct
20
6:00 PM18:00

Sears Lecture & Book Signing with Rosemary Thornton

Friday, October 20, 2017, 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Rosemary Thornton, the country’s #1 authority on kit homes, has appeared on PBS’ History Detectives, A&E’s Biography, CBS’ Sunday Morning News, MSNBC, BBC Radio, and NPR’s All Things Considered. Her work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, Washington Post, L. A. Times, Dallas Morning News, USA TODAY, Old House Journal, American Bungalow, Blue Ridge Country and over 100 other publications! She’s also active in Amateur Radio!

Admission: FREE for Members, $5 for Not-Yet Members

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Annual Ker Art Festival/Music on the Lawn
Sep
8
to Sep 9

Annual Ker Art Festival/Music on the Lawn

**Calling all Artists, Photographers, and Fine Craftsmen**
ESVHS is looking for artists for our 2017 Ker Art Festival in September. This is a juried festival. Last year's vendors will be mailed/emailed information within the next couple of weeks.

If you're interested in being a vendor at this year's festival, please email Shannon Cousineau Gordon at marketing@shorehistory.org

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Registration Letter
Registration Form

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Invitational Hooked Rug Show Exhibit Opening Reception
Jul
14
6:00 PM18:00

Invitational Hooked Rug Show Exhibit Opening Reception

The ESVHS presents an Invitational Hooked Rug Show Exhibit featuring work from local artists as well as artists from Georgia to Pennsylvania!

The exhibit opening reception will be held at Ker Place during Onancock's 2nd Friday's from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. The exhibit will be on display through July 28. The reception is Free and Open to the Public. There will be a Cash Bar. For more information, visit shorehistory.org or call 757-787-8012.

There will be a rug hooking workshop July 17-20 at the Holy Trinity Episcopla Chuch 66 Market St Onancock, VA. For more information and to register, visit http://www.michelemicarelli.com/events/ or call Michele Micarelli at 203-387-8690.

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Annual Gala at Historic Meadville
Jun
10
6:00 PM18:00

Annual Gala at Historic Meadville

Annual Benefit on the Lawn at

Historic Meadville 
Meadville, 24291 Meadville Lane, Onancock, Virginia

A fundraising event for the Eastern Shore of Virginia Historical Society

Featuring music by the Tidewater Drive band

Attire: Smart Casual

Tickets may be purchased here


Thank You to our Generous Sponsors

Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital

Bill & Claudia Bagwell
Jane P. Batten
Carol & Butch Everett
Caleb & Lynne Fowler
Mr. & Mrs. L. Bruce Holland
Dr. Laura Kerbin & Mr. Rick Matthews
Leatherbury-Broach & Co. P.C.
Weichert Realtors/Accomack Title
Page & Tom Young

Drummond Ayres & Clare Salvaggio
Bay Creek
Eyre Baldwin
Delegate Robert S. Bloxom, Jr.
Brue Crow Antique Mall - Ellie & Len Cackowski
Book Bin
Canal Capital Management
Dawn & T. Lee Byrd
Chesapeake Investment Planning, LLC
Coldwell Banker Harbour Realty
Danny Doughty
Eastern Shore Events & Rentals
Greg & Patsy Felthousen
Ginsberg, Nottingham & Mapp
Fitzhugh Godwin
The Insurance Market, Inc.
David & Martha Johnson
Margaret MacKenzie
Katherine T. Mears
Mary McKenna - Merrill Lynch
Mitchell Custom Homes, Inc.
John Monroe & Karin Rush-Monroe
Mrs. Edwin H. Parkhurst, Jr.
Pep-Up, Inc.
Perdue
Schatz & Pat Snyder
T & W Block
Ed & Amy Tankard
Rick Turner
Wilbanks, Smith & Thomas
Tyson Foods

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