The Heritage Trail is a network of museums along the Eastern Shore. The network was established in 2009, assisted by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, which remains an active partner in the network and a supporter of its work on the Eastern Shore. Download the brochure.
1. Delmarva Discovery Center
The center serves as a source of learning and discovery for the public through the preservation and interpretation of its cultural and natural heritage. Live animals. Open Memorial Day to Labor Day. See our website for off-season hours. 2 Market St., Pocomoke City, Md.
2. Saxis Island Museum
A visit to Saxis Island will take you back to a time when the Chesapeake Bay was full of crabbers, fishermen, oystermen and buy-boats. The Saxis Island Museum is working to preserve the legacy of the Saxis watermen and the history of the town of Saxis. Open year-round.
3. Francis Makemie Society
The Francis Makemie Society was created to preserve the burial site of the Rev. Francis Makemie and to promote the life of the founder of Presbyterianism in America.
4. Museum of Chincoteague
Experience the rich history of Chincoteague Island and the waters around it. Home of the original 19th-century first order Fresnel lens from the Assateague Lighthouse. Open Memorial Day to Labor Day. See our website for off-season hours. Located at 7125 Maddox Blvd.
6. Tangier History Museum
Take the ferry from Onancock Wharf to Tangier Island. Come and learn about Tangier’s role in our country’s history, the unique language, and how we face the challenges of a shrinking island and dwindling population. Kayaks, canoes and water trails. Open April to November.
5. Eastern Shore Railway Museum
Discover the history of the railroad on the Delmarva peninsula since the mid-1800s. Open April 1 to Nov. 30. Will also open by appointment. The museum is located on Dunne Ave. off Rt. 176 in Parksley.
7. Eastern Shore Public Library
The Eastern Shore Public Library is a necessary destination for research in local history and genealogy. The library is open year-round. 23610 Front St., Accomac, Va.
8. Ker Place
Ker Place is home to the Eastern Shore of Virginia Historical Society. The 18th-century Federal-style mansion contains a museum representing Shore history and the life of the Ker family.
8. Eastern Shore Watermen's Museum & Research Center
The mission of the Watermen's Heritage Foundation of Virginia's Eastern Shore is to preserve the history, celebrate the present, and encourage the future for the watermen of Virginia's Eastern Shore.
9. Locustville Academy
Locustville Academy at 28055 Drummondtown Road was a two-room schoolhouse built in 1859. It’s now a museum and is the only schoolhouse to maintain its original character and educational purpose on the Shore. Call to see this wonderful collection of 19th-century schoolhouse memorabilia.
10. Barrier Islands Center
Housed in an historic almshouse on an 18-acre farm, the Barrier Islands Center offers visitors a glimpse at the lives of those who once called the Virginia Barrier Islands home. On Rt. 13, in Machipongo.
11. Eastville Court Green Historic District Exhibit
The Court Green Historic District Exhibit affords visitors the opportunity to examine the 300-year history of three Court Green buildings: the 1731 Courthouse, the Clerk’s Office, and the 18th-century Debtors’ Prison. The historically significant story of the Court Green is told through exhibits that include period pieces, artifacts, text, and photographs. The exhibit is located in the front of the 1899 Courthouse and is open weekdays and on weekends with special arrangements. The sponsor for the exhibit is the Northampton Historic Preservation Society.
12. Cape Charles Museum and Welcome Center
A visit to the museum takes you on a journey through Cape Charles history from the Chesapeake Bay crater formed 35 million years ago to present day. Exhibits include ship and train models and the original diesel engine and generator from the building’s power plant origin. Open late April into November. Rt. 13 to Rt. 184 for 1.8 miles.
12. Cape Charles Rosenwald School
Explore the African-American school built in 1920 that served grades 1 through 7. The school was the center of educational, social, and cultural events during segregation for the African-American community. In 2011, a state historic marker was erected to commemorate the building.