Welcome to the Eastern Shore of Virginia Heritage Center

The largest and best organized collection of material relating to the history, genealogy, and culture of the Eastern Shore of Virginia. 

Explore your cultural heritage.

Eastern Shore Room: Open Daily

ARCHIVAL MATERIAL AND RESEARCH ASSISTANCE

BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

HIGHLIGHTS

Native American History Resources at the Heritage Center

Accomac, Onancock, Wachapreague – everyday we encounter place names that remind us...

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African American History on the Eastern Shore

Calvin L. Brickhouse: Committed to Our Community Jazmine Collins During Black History...

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Finding Aids at the Heritage Center, Accomack County Cemetery Finding Aids

Even in the midst of a pandemic, ESPL is able to connect...

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The Eastern Shore of Virginia Heritage Center

Open for business! The Eastern Shore Room, donated in memory of Katharine...

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UPCOMING EVENTS

March 12, 2024

“A Lot Happened on the Virginia Shore During the American Revolution”

Dennis Custis Lecture Hall - 6:30PM Dr. Theodore Corbett, resident of the Virginia Shore and author of seven books on the American Revolution, will give a talk entitled ‘A Lot happened on the Virginia Shore during the American Revolution’. This will be the first in series of talks and events to celebrate the coming 250th anniversary of the American Revolution on the Virginia Shore. The PowerPoint talk and discussion will concentrate on five topics: Stamp Act, Loyalists, African American freedom, Draft Riots, Battle of the Barges.
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COLLECTION SPOTLIGHTS

Colored Voters Registrar, 1902-1950, Temperanceville

After a year of debate, Virginia passed a new state constitution that...

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The Invaluable Subject Catalog of Kirk Mariner

What does Tom Clancy’s famous novel The Hunt For Red October have...

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Women’s Suffrage in Accomack County

After just over 100 years of women’s suffrage, Heritage Center staff shared...

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Explore the history and heritage of the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Any focus, any family, any field, the Heritage Center has something for your interest.

The ESVA Heritage Center helps families remember their heritage and create new memories with our Memory Lab and MakerSpace. 

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