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Harborton History Museum   --   Harborton
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Great History of Little Bay Side Fishing Village

Douglas Belote has curated a wonderful, small museum covering the history of Harborton, Virginia on the bay side of the Eastern Shore from the early 1800's to today.  See many displays, pictures, videos, and models of old boats, buildings, and understand what a thriving, bustling community this town once was.  There was even a traveling theater on a barge that made several visits there.

Open Saturdays, 2 pm - 5 pm or call for tours at 757-442-4303.

Coordinates N 37*39.675'  W -75*49.953'

14207 Junior Street
Harborton , Virginia  23389


Phone 1:  757-442-4303  

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Locustville Academy   --   Locustville
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The Locustville Academy Schoolhouse and Museum

The Academy is listed on the National Register of Historical Places and the Virginia Landmarks Register. Locustville Academy is the only preserved ante-bellum schoolhouse on Virginia's Eastern Shore.  Unlike some other private schools on the Shore, it was open not simply to boys, but also to girls, and was established by local citizens "for the betterment of the community." The school opened in 1859.  It is a non-profit museum and all donationas are fully deductible. The Academy proudly presents a display of handmade quilts made by a family member of one of the Academy's founders.

28055 Drummondtown Rd
Locustville , Virginia  23404

Phone 1:  757-709-9746   (Call evenings for appt.)

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Eastern Shore Watermen's Museum and Research Center   --   Onancock
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The Watermen's Heritage Foundation

10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Also available for visits at other times by appointment

The Mission of the
Watermen’s Heritage Foundation
of Virginia’s Eastern Shore:

 Preserve the History

 Celebrate the Present

 Encourage the Future

 for the Watermen of Virginia’s Eastern Shore

Virginia's Eastern

Historic Onancock School, 6 College Avenue
Onancock , VA  23417


Phone 1:  757-665-5771   (Watermen's Museum)

Phone 2:  757-650-4285   (Watermen's Heritage Foundation)

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Samuel D. Outlaw Blacksmith Shop Memorial Museum   --   Onancock
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Historic Blacksmith Shop in Onancock

This historic blacksmith shop has been restored as a wonderful museum showcasing a local African-American blacksmith, his tools, and work space.  Opening in the spring of 2020, the museum will have blacksmithing demonstrations and is in the process of producing a documentary on Samuel D. Outlaw and his trade.

5 Boundary Street
Onancock , Virginia  23417


Phone 1:  757-656-3460  

Phone 2:  404-593-1669  

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Historic Onancock School Community and Cultural Center   --   Onancock
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HOS is a multi-purpose art & community center that has 15 artists galleries, most open at artists' discretion , by appointment and for our many events. Classes are offered, we have fitness gyms, a ping pong club, painters, carvers, multi-media artists, potters, jewelers, event rental space and meeting rental space. plus the Waterman's Heritage Museum. We, also,  have 13 acres on which to run and play, a playground, soccer fields and a nature walk along the creek.

6 College Avenue
Onancock , VA  23417


Phone 1:  757-301-1331  

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Ker Place / Eastern Shore of Virginia Historical Society   --   Onancock
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You'll love our nature and you'll dig our history!

This stately historic Federal-style home turned museum has been authentically restored to its 1799 roots, welcoming visitors back to the world of John Shepherd Ker in the thriving port of Onancock. Docent guided tours are available which interpret life on an Eastern Shore plantation back in the early 19th century. Exhibits expand to the newly opened cellar and on the attractive grounds.

Make your own history at Ker Place by choosing the house and grounds as a venue for your wedding, business party, conference or other special occasion. The building is the finest example of Federal Architecture on Virginia's Eastern Shore and it is sure to add that something special to your event. Our rental rates are comparable with other premier hospitality locations, and we have tables, chairs and audio/visual equipment available for your use during your stay.


Tuesday through Saturday
March through December
First Tour - 11 AM
Last Tour - 3 PM

By Appointment January and February 

Group tours and access to Historical Society Library and Archives
are available by appointment

  Home of the Eastern Shore of Virginia Historical Society

PO Box 179, 69 Market Street
Onancock , VA  23417


Phone 1:  757-787-8012  

Phone 2:  757-787-4271   (Fax)

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