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Accomac Debtor's Prison   --   Accomac
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Open by Appointment

A rare survivor of penal architecture of the colonial period, this building was constructed in 1782. The small brick structure was originally built as a jailer's residence. In 1824 iron bars, oak batten doors, and locks were added when it was converted into a "gaol" for debtors, a purpose it served until 1849.

Route 764
Accomac , VA  23301


Phone 1:  757-678-5183  

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Genealogy and History of the Eastern Shore of Virginia (GHOTES)   --   Craddockville
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GHOTES is a group of folks who share an interest in the GENEALOGY AND HISTORY OF THE EASTERN SHORE of Virginia. A few goats slip over the fence into MD occasionally, and that's okay with us. Their ancestors did it first.

GHOTES MEMBERS COMMUNICATE VIA A SMALL NON-PUBLIC MAILLIST. We send messages to a central server that, in turn, distributes the message to all of the ghotes members. Messages are usually about genealogical information. We ask questions of the group and answer ones that we can. Sometimes questions of history or place or custom or event are asked or information shared. We have also added a new Forum Section to this web site, which is also designed to post questions and answers. The forum is open to everyone who visits the web site.

SHARING is a key value that ghotes members, also known as goats or ghotes themselves. Members are expected to ask for help and give some in return. Some of our ghotes are experienced genealogists, and we have several members who have developed very large bases of information. Others are rather new to the field. These less experienced genealogists, who temporarily may be, or think they are, limited in their own information resources, are expected to comment on general issues as well as to volunteer to help with look-ups, data entry, or other activities. Even new genealogists have information that is valuable to others. An old letter, family bible page, or photo can be very informative and highly prized.

Since the ghotes maillist took shape, late last year, members have found many a cousin--live ones--in the group. This is been an unexpected reward that our cousins seem to enjoy tremendously. And ghotes certainly don't seem to think of themselves merely as subscribers to an internet maillist.

PO Box 92
Craddockville , VA  23341


Phone 1:  540-239-0985  

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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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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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