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Address: 69 Market St, Onancock, VA 23417-4223
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+1 757-787-8012
11:00 - 15:00
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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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Beautiful example of Georgian architecture

We visited on a slightly rainy Saturday and we're the o lay visitors at the time so we got a private tour. The house is beautiful with amazing architectural detail that have been... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Stephanie S
Virginia Beach, Virginia
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We visited on a slightly rainy Saturday and we're the o lay visitors at the time so we got a private tour. The house is beautiful with amazing architectural detail that have been refurbished. While none of the furniture is original to the house they have done a nice job of recreating what it would have looked like during the... More 

Thank Stephanie S
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Reviewed 21 April 2017 via mobile

The docent was amazing here! James gave me a tour of the facility and had so many historical facts! He adjusted the tour based on the amount of time I had to spend.

Thank K M
Syracuse, New York
2 reviews
Reviewed 17 April 2017

I was amazed at the wealth of objects in the house and the knowlege of the docents. The director is a real hoot! They just opened another exhibit at hopkins store down at the wharf. What a charming town to visit!

Thank poppy5601
Onancock, Virginia
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19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Great events, art and activities are excellent. A work in progress with a dedicated staff. Making history come alive!

Denver, Colorado
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100 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 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.

Thank Livingthedream999
Parksley, Virginia
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23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 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

Thank Judie C
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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.

Thank Robert S
Richmond, Virginia
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5 reviews
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.

Thank lag502016
Newark, Delaware
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18 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 29 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 

Thank SJacquelin
Springfield, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 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.

Thank fufkedog

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