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Exhibit: Architecture & Change: Preserving the Eastern Shore

  • Ker Place 69 Market Street Onancock, VA, 23417 United States (map)


Exhibit On display at Ker Place September 29 through December 9!

In the mid-20th century, a physician from Onancock, Dr. John Robertson, traveled the Eastern Shore, camera in hand, photographing whatever subject caught his fancy. Over the course of 40 years, Dr. Robertson’s photograph collection grew, including over 500 pictures of Eastern Shore homes. Each house was unique, both in architectural style and history. This exhibit takes a look at these homes from then and now, exploring the architecture and stories that makes these Eastern Shore homes unique. 

In conjunction with the exhibit, the ESVHS will delve into the histories of Sears kit homes on the Shore with an evening lecture and book signing with Rosemary Thornton, author of over seven books including The Houses that Sears Built and her latest, Penniman: Virginia’s Own Ghost City, on Friday, October 20 from 6-7pm. 

Exhibit Opening Reception
Friday, September 29 from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. 
There will be a cash bar and light hors d'oeuvres will be served. The exhibit will be on display through mid-December. Admission is FREE and Open to the Public.

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

This program has been funded in part by a grant from Virginia Foundation for the Humanities

Earlier Event: September 8
Annual Ker Art Festival/Music on the Lawn
Later Event: September 30
Private event: Wedding