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Address: 69 Market St, Onancock, VA 23417-4223
Phone Number: +1 757-787-8012
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Ker Place, formerly named Kerr Place, is the headquarters of the Eastern...

Ker Place, formerly named Kerr Place, is the headquarters of the Eastern Shore of Virginia Historical Society located in Onancock, VA. This magnificent Federal period Georgian style house was built in 1799 for prosperous merchant farmer John Shepherd Ker and his wife Agnes Corbin Ker and their family. It is described by the Virginia Historical Landmarks Commission as "the finest and most elaborate Federal mansion on Virginia's Eastern Shore," and "one of the Shore's major architectural landmarks." This house operates as a museum that is open for visitors with trained volunteer docents giving guided tours of the interpretive interior as well as various exhibits, laboratories and research space. It is also used as a venue for weddings and other special events for the community. Tours of the house are available throughout the year by appointment or March - December. We suggest that you call ahead to ensure that a docent will be available.

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A glimpse into the past

This is a stately home dating back to before the American Revolution . The house has been nicely renovated with quiet a few period pieces. The docent (I am so sorry not to... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 21 September 2016
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Denver, Colorado
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Denver, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016 via mobile

This is a stately home dating back to before the American Revolution . The house has been nicely renovated with quiet a few period pieces. The docent (I am so sorry not to remember her name ) was excellent and did a great job of placing the family into the larger context of American history.

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Parksley, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

Have been several times...much like former Corbin Hall which I was caretaker for many years and just love this part of history

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016

Tour of the house is well worth the effort - one of the better restored homes I've seen. The staff is friendly and interesting. The grounds are well done and kept. Be sure to visit the Herb Garden behind and off to the left of the building.

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Richmond, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2016

Our guide was so informative, and friendly. The house is an step back into history. The grounds are well maintained. The town is a neat little place to explore.

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Newark, Delaware
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2016 via mobile

Took a tour of this very lovely house in the center of Onancock. Went with my sister who is an avid historian and enjoys researching old houses. The guide was very knowledgeable and I thought the tour extremely interesting. I enjoy looking at antique furniture and finding out how people lived years ago. Although it is not required there is... More 

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Springfield, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2016

This beautiful home is well worth visiting. The gardens are beautiful with boxwoods, tulips and plants that have been in the same spots for decades. This home has been cared for by the same family and the generations have been kind to it.

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Onancock, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2016

Learn about life on the ESVA during the Civil War. 10 women of the Shore talk about the struggles of surviving and maintaining the family homestead.

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Millbrae, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2016

I spend my summers close by here and I bring every visiting relative and friend to see Ker Place the first or second day of their visit. IT gives you a great feel for the history of Onancock and the way life was in the late 1700's. It is child friendly as well. Check out their web site to see... More 

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Newark, Delaware
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2015

Ker Place is an interesting place to visit. Our host takes you through every room and was very knowledgeable regarding dates and activities which occurred in the Governor's mansion called Ker Place. Family portraits and period furniture gave us a very interesting afternoon of wandering about the place and sitting in the gardens. I believe the entry fee was around... More 

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Lexington, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2015

Stonewall Jackson is buried about 100 yards from my house, so it's fun to learn some history when visiting other places in our region. The Ker place has plenty of it. Our guide had a lot to remember as we went through the house, but she did a great job - very interesting.

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