history travels

Bring local history to your classroom

Funded in part by the Hampton Roads Community Foundation, the Finley Family Foundation, the United Way of Virginia's Eastern Shore, and The Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation.


History Travels began as “History in a Box” in 2012, with handouts and worksheets given to teachers to enable them to include Eastern Shore history as part of their Virginia Studies and US History curriculum. As the project expanded, educational artifacts and web components were included to make the information accessible to all styles of learning. Today, the History Travels program focuses on bringing the unique Eastern Shore history to the classroom, enhancing their Virginia Studies lessons with local historical figures such as Thomas Savage and John Cropper. The project helps students connect the history from their own “backyard” to the larger State and National history.


The History Travels box includes educational artifacts that students are welcome to touch and study. Lesson plans for the artifacts are also included, but teachers are welcomed and encouraged to incorporate the artifacts into their classroom however they wish. The educational artifacts include:

  • Archaeology artifacts found at Ker Place

  • Enlarged reproduction of 17th century print of Thomas Savage

  • Replica John Cropper hat

  • Replica Peace Pipe

Currently, there are 14 boxes in circulation, and can be reserved for up to a month.


Please contact the Education Director at collections@shorehistory.org with any questions, comments, or concerns.

In addition to the box of artifacts, the History Travels Program is also comprised of several worksheets, Prezi presentations, and lesson plans. Please feel free to use or adapt the following for your classroom!
Native Americans
Thomas Savage
Early Virginia and Exploration
John Cropper
Genealogy and Eastern Shore Historic Sites

Current program topics

Thomas Savage
Eastern Shore in 1607
General John Cropper


There is no fee for History Travel presentations.


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