Opening Night of Fall Exhibit "It All Started with a Spark: The Rise and Evolution of Eastern Shore Firefighting"
Sep
27
6:00 PM18:00

Opening Night of Fall Exhibit "It All Started with a Spark: The Rise and Evolution of Eastern Shore Firefighting"

Walk into any establishment on the Shore, and it’s likely you’re in the company of a volunteer firefighter, he or she probably not first-generation. The prevalence and importance of volunteer firefighting, as well as the later integration of career firefighters, have inspired our fall exhibit, “It All Started with a Spark: The Rise and Evolution of Eastern Shore Firefighting.”

The exhibit launches the evening of Friday, Sept. 27, and will run through mid-December at the museum. The display will showcase major fires from Eastern Shore history; highlight historic artifacts as well as memorabilia; and explore the past, present, and future of firefighting on the Shore.

The opening reception will be from 6 to 8 p.m. that Friday. The general public, particularly volunteer and career firefighters along with their families and friends, are invited to this free event. Light hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar will be available.

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Oct
11
6:00 PM18:00

Panel of Criminal Investigators

In conjunction with Ker Place’s fall exhibit, “It All Started with a Spark: The Rise and Evolution of Eastern Shore Firefighting,” the historical society will host a panel discussion from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11. Officials from the Accomack County Sheriff’s Department; the Virginia State Police; and potentially the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms; will discuss how their organizations operate independently as well as in conjunction with one another during a long, large investigation, such as the 2012-13 arsons. This event will cost $5 for each ESVHS member and $10 a person for the general public. The location will be the Onancock Baptist Church, 1 Crockett Ave. Purchase tickets at shorehistory.org/ticketsales.

Walk into any establishment on the Shore, and it’s likely you’re in the company of a volunteer firefighter, he or she probably not first-generation. If you’re not, it’s highly probable you have one or more who’s a neighbor, works with you, or attends your church. The prevalence and importance of volunteer firefighting, as well as the later integration of career firefighters, have inspired this fall exhibit.

 The exhibit launches the evening of Friday, Sept. 27, and will run through mid-December at Ker Place, owned by the Eastern Shore of Virginia Historical Society (ESVHS) and located at 69 Market St. in Onancock. The display will showcase major fires from Eastern Shore history; highlight historic artifacts as well as memorabilia; and explore the past, present, and future of firefighting on the Shore.

The opening reception will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sept. 27. The general public, particularly volunteer and career firefighters along with their families and friends, are invited to this free event. Light hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar will be available.

Also planned from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12 is a free Family Fun Day revolving around fire safety and firefighting. This will be on the front lawn of Ker Place. Various Shore fire companies and departments will have equipment on display; Sparky the fire dog will be out and about for pictures; and there will be giveaways for the kiddos. The Accomack County Department of Public Safety will be bringing its fire prevention house for kids to tour. ESVHS also hopes to have some contests among firefighters, for example, who can put their turnout gear on the fastest. If you’re a firefighter interested in participating in the contest(s), please contact Amy Savona, ESVHS marketing director, at (757) 787-8012 or marketing@shorehistory.org. Family-friendly lunch items will be available for sale.

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Free Fire Safety Family Fun Day
Oct
12
10:00 AM10:00

Free Fire Safety Family Fun Day

Planned from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, is a free Family Fun Day revolving around fire safety and firefighting. This will be on the front lawn of Ker Place, 69 Market St. in Onancock, in conjunction with the museum’s fall exhibit, “It All Started with a Spark: The Rise and Evolution of Eastern Shore Firefighting.” Various Shore fire companies and departments will have equipment on display; Sparky the fire dog will be out and about for pictures; and there will be giveaways for the kiddos. The Accomack County Department of Public Safety will be bringing its fire prevention house for kids to tour. The Eastern Shore of Virginia Historical Society also hopes to have some contests among firefighters, for example, who can put their turnout gear on the fastest. If you’re a firefighter interested in participating in the contest(s), please contact Amy Savona, ESVHS marketing director, at (757) 787-8012 or marketing@shorehistory.org. Family-friendly lunch items will be available for sale.

The exhibit launches the evening of Friday, Sept. 27, and will run through mid-December at the museum. The display will showcase major fires from Eastern Shore history; highlight historic artifacts as well as memorabilia; and explore the past, present, and future of firefighting on the Shore.

The opening reception will be from 6 to 8 p.m. that Friday. The general public, particularly volunteer and career firefighters along with their families and friends, are invited to this free event. Light hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar will be available.

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CANCELED - Music on the Lawn - Nature's Child
Sep
6
5:00 PM17:00

CANCELED - Music on the Lawn - Nature's Child

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Ker Place will continue its popular and FREE Music on the Lawn series Friday, Sept. 6, from 5 to 7:30 p.m., with a performance by Nature’s Child, a favorite East Coast reggae band. Their roots are not only in reggae, but also Latin, rock, jazz, blues, and funk. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket, and enjoy.

Mount Nebo Meats will offer a pulled pork or pulled chicken sandwich with chips and a drink for $6. The Historical Society will be selling beer for $3 apiece, wine for $4 a cup, and bottles of water for $1 each. See you soon!

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SOLD OUT! Taylor Bank presents 2nd annual Crab Crackin' at Ker Place
Aug
17
4:00 PM16:00

SOLD OUT! Taylor Bank presents 2nd annual Crab Crackin' at Ker Place

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The Eastern Shore of Virginia Historical Society will follow up its first, sold-out Taylor Bank presents Crab Crackin’ with a second year of the all-you-can-eat crab feast to showcase the Shore’s agricultural and aquacultural bounty. All this will go down to the Onancock Business & Civic Association-sponsored band Jackass Flats, serving up its party blend of rock, soul, pop, country, bluegrass, and R&B.

For $50 a ticket, you get:
Steamed Crabs
Shrimp Steam with Sausage, Potatoes and Corn
Barbecue
Coleslaw
2 beer/wine tickets (Souvenir beer cups provided at gate. Wine cups provided at wine booth. Additional beer and wine available for cash purchase.)
Water

Tickets are $50 each and can be purchased at shorehistory.org/ticketsales. The email you receive immediately after purchasing online will serve as your ticket(s) so please print a copy or keep the email easily accessible on your phone to show at the gate. Tickets are non-refundable. Event will be held rain or shine. There will be a silent auction.

The event will serve as a fundraiser for the reconstruction of the dock, piers, and bulkhead at Onancock’s Hopkins & Bro. store, which is owned by the Historical Society. One boat slip there is available for public mooring, and rental of the other four slips benefits the Historical Society

Sponsors also include:
Coastline Chemical, Inc.

Blue Crab Bay Co.; Dominion Concrete Contractors, Inc.; Edwards Seafood; L.J. Kellam Construction; The Kerns Family; Mallards at the Wharf; Nutrien Ag Solutions; Seashore Eyecare; WESR/Shore Daily News

Associated Grain, Inc.; Bart Holland, III - State Farm; Boggs Water & Sewage, Inc.; Bundick Well & Pump Co.; Davis Disposal, Inc.; Jack Tarr Electrical Contractor, Inc.; Keith Lilliston - State Farm; Jeff Klingel Landscape; Morgan's Climate Masters; Truck'n America window tinting, parts, accessories; Weichert Realtors, Mason-Davis; and Williams Funeral Homes

August Boys BBQ; Blue Crow Antique Mall; David Mason; Chesapeake Outdoor; Dublin Farms; Eastern Shore Events & Rentals; Eastern Shore First; Eastern Shore Post; Franktown Jam; InTune Guitar Picks, Inc.; Mount Nebo Farms; Pep-Up, Inc.; The Original Shooting Point Seafood; Shore Farm Market; and Wendell Distributing Co.

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Annual Gala
Jun
8
6:30 PM18:30

Annual Gala

Don’t miss a lovely summer evening creekside with dinner and dancing! The Eastern Shore of Virginia Historical Society will host its annual Gala, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, June. 8. We are delighted to share that the location this year will be Onancock’s Historic Cokesbury, at 18434 Hermitage Road. Resting on nearly 3 acres, the property boasts a backyard and dock that promise an unforgettable sunset on Onancock Creek. Tidewater Drive, a nine-piece show band with a formal horn section, will play the night away. Tickets are $130 each, and the historical society welcomes not only its generous members but not-yet-members to the fun! Come see just a small piece of what we have to offer while supporting a nonprofit to boot.

Sponsors are invited to a Champagne reception and private tour of the home at 5:30 p.m.

We would like to thank our Bronze $1,000 sponsors for their generous Gala contributions! Hats off to Bill & Claudia Bagwell; Barnaby Conrad III & Martha Sutherland; Greg Felthousen, DDS, MS - Dental Implants for Life; Caleb & Lynne Fowler; Fitzhugh Godwin; Bruce & Debbie Holland; Leatherbury, Broache & Co., PC; Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital; and Wilbanks, Smith & Thomas Asset Management, LLC.

We also would like to recognize new $500 sponsors who have come on board to support us: Atlantic Union Bank and Sleep Now Baby, LLC - Ann Beamer Williams, Ed.

Call 757.787.8012 to inquire about a sponsorship, which is open to businesses or individuals and includes tickets to the event as well as the reception and tour. If you would like to purchase tickets, please call with your credit card information, phone number and email.

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Lecture: The Investigation of Eyreville
Apr
25
6:00 PM18:00

Lecture: The Investigation of Eyreville

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At 6 p.m. Thursday, April 25, at Ker Place, archaeologists Michael Barber and Michael Clem of the Virginia Department of Historic Resources will share details of their ongoing archaeological investigations at the Eyreville site, located on an expansive terrace of Cherrystone Creek on Northampton County’s bayside. They’ll be bringing along artifacts for viewing.

The site has been continuously occupied since 1636 through a series of houses leading up to the current house that dates to 1799. They have discovered the remnants of at least two 17th-century houses and several outbuildings. The research not only has allowed them to identify all the owners of the property since it was first occupied, including two early members of the House of Burgesses in Jamestown, but also provides some colorful stories about the community in the early years of the colony, including a surprising amount of interaction with Dutch traders and settlers.

Barber has been Virginia state archaeologist since April 2006. Prior to that, he served for 30 years as USDA-Forest Service archaeologist for the George Washington and Jefferson national forests in the western part of the state. In his capacity as state archaeologist, he has been involved with such sites as Camden, Eyreville, Flowerdew Hundred, Great Neck, Hand, Hatch, Jamestown, Keyser Farm, Maycock, Patawomeke, Shannon, Trigg, and Werwocomoco. Clem has worked as an archaeologist in the Mid-Atlantic region for more than 25 years, much of that time focused on Virginia. His primary interest has been on historic domestic sites. He answers requests from citizens to examine sites and artifacts they have found, works with local and state government officials on threatened sites, and conducts field schools to help train volunteers in the processes of doing archaeology.

The lecture is $10 for ESVHS members, $15 for not-yet-members. Light refreshments will be included. To register, visit shorehistory.org/ticketsales.

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Painting Workshop with Bobby Bridges
Apr
6
9:00 AM09:00

Painting Workshop with Bobby Bridges

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Join Eastern Shore artist Bobby Bridges of Coastal Creations from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 6, for a fun workshop at Ker Place. He’ll provide various coastal-inspired wooden shapes and teach numerous painting techniques with which you can create your own masterpieces. This class of just 10 attendees offers lots of personal attention from the instructor. You’ll be painting like a pro by the end, just in time to take your pieces home to adorn your garden or house. $100 a person; all supplies provided, and you will have the opportunity to paint more than one piece. Lunch is not provided, but the class will break for lunch. To purchase online, visit shorehistory.org/ticketsales.

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Jamestown director of archaeology to speak
Mar
15
6:00 PM18:00

Jamestown director of archaeology to speak

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AS OF WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13, THIS EVENT AT KER PLACE IS SOLD OUT. SHOULD YOU ALREADY HAVE PURCHASED TICKETS BUT ARE UNABLE TO USE THEM, PLEASE CALL THE ESVHS OFFICE AT 757-787-8012.

This year marks the 400th anniversary of Virginia’s first General Assembly, the first governmental body in English North America. Meeting in an extremely hot July in 1619, 22 Burgesses assembled in the second church at Jamestown, a recently completed timber frame structure at the center of the growing town. Lost to history, the foundations of the building were first uncovered in the late 19th century by founding members of Preservation Virginia. In anticipation of this commemorative year, the Jamestown Rediscovery team has been excavating and discovering a new understanding of the buildings - and the people - from this early time. Join David Givens, Jamestown Rediscovery’s director of archaeology, as he reveals the current findings that are illuminating the very foundations of our nation’s democratic experiment.

Givens first started in archaeology more than 30 years ago, volunteering on dig sites in the mountains where he worked with the local chapter of the Archaeological Society of Virginia. It was also in Blacksburg that he was introduced to computer science, working for Virginia Tech’s electrical engineering department to establish the Electronic Village program and build computers for students. His passion for the past and the application of technology to the world of historical archaeology is what brought him to the Jamestown Rediscovery project in 2001. He specializes in visualizing lost landscapes of Colonial Virginia and currently is directing the archaeology of the Angela site, an excavation focused on one of the first Africans to arrive at Jamestown in 1619. Givens holds a master’s degree with distinction in historical archaeology from the University of Leicester and undergraduate degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University in anthropology, sociology, and Russian language.

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"Dig It: Unearthing Archaeological Treasures on the Shore" Opening Reception
Mar
8
6:00 PM18:00

"Dig It: Unearthing Archaeological Treasures on the Shore" Opening Reception

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“Dig It: Unearthing Archaeological Treasures on the Shore, our Spring 2019 exhibit, opens from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 8, with a reception and will run Saturday, March 9, through the summer. It will share archaeological findings at Shore landmarks such as Ker Place, Eyreville, and the Rev. Francis Makemie’s home site. Tours run 11 a.m to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

The opening reception on the evening of March 8 is free and open to the public. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar while you peruse the exhibit along with recent capital improvements made to Ker Place.

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A Celebration of Negro Spirituals
Feb
15
6:30 PM18:30

A Celebration of Negro Spirituals

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Please mark your calendars for “A Celebration of Negro Spirituals,” from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, at the Mary N. Smith Cultural Enrichment Center. In a collaboration of the Eastern Shore of Virginia Historical Society; Mary N. Smith Alumni Association; and local church choirs, performers from all over the Shore will share their musical talents while we explore spirituals as signal and map songs in the journey of slaves to freedom via the Underground Railroad. Sponsored by Cooper & Humbles Funeral Co., Inc., and WESR/Shore Daily News, the choral showcase will feature the United Voices of Jerusalem Baptist Church in Temperanceville; the Eastern Shore Connectional AME Choir, made up of singers from several AME choirs; the Anointed Word Choir from Anointed Word Church of God and Christ in Keller, as well as several Shore soloists including Catrina Satchell of Anointed Word and Inayah Mason, a senior at Arcadia High School who attends New Mount Zion Baptist Church in Painter. Admission will be $10 at the door; cash or check only. No advance ticket sales. The cultural center is located at 24577 Mary N. Smith Road in Accomac. The event will be held in the gym.

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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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2018 Holiday Dinner at Ker Place
Dec
7
to Feb 7

2018 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.

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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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Fall 2018 World War I Exhibit Opening Reception
Sep
21
6:00 PM18:00

Fall 2018 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 2018 Crab Crackin' at Ker Place
Aug
18
4:00 PM16:00

Taylor Bank presents 2018 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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2018 Annual Gala
Jun
9
6:30 PM18:30

2018 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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