Virginia Welcome Center at New Church
3420 Lankford Highway
New Church, VA 23415
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Garden Tour brochures available
Other Places of Interest
(*National Register of Historical Places and/or Virginia Historic Landmark)
middle eastern shore
*Ker Place (tour headquarters)
69 Market St., Onancock, VA 23417. Built in 1799, this brick mansion is home to the Eastern Shore of Virginia Historical Society and is a restoration project of the Garden Club of Virginia. Guided tours on the hour from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. (757) 787-8012 or www.shorehistory.org. No fee.
*Historic Cokesbury Church (1854)
13 Market St., Onancock, VA 23417. This Greek Revival building is the oldest church in Onancock. (757) 787-4873.
*Hopkins and Bros. Store, (1842)
2 Market St., Onancock, VA 23417. This vibrant mercantile center, currently operating as Mallards Restaurant, will host an exhibit of artifacts and photographs depicting its heyday of maritime trading. Owned by the Eastern Shore Historical Society. (757) 787-8558 or www.onancock.org. The building will host an exhibit.
*Locustville Academy, (1859)
28055 Drummondtown Road, Locustville, VA 23404. Preserved ante-bellum schoolhouse. Report cards, slates and period textbooks from the period. Interesting photographs of students, teachers and founding members are on display. No fee.
lower eastern shore
*Barrier Islands Center and Almshouse Farm
7295 Young Street, Machipongo, VA 23405. Though the islands are now mostly deserted, this museum provides photos, artifacts and written accounts of those who once called them home. Also preserved here is the most complete almshouse complex extant in the United States. (757) 678-5550 or www.barrierislandscenter.com. No fee.
*Historic Northampton County Courthouse and Court Green
16404 Courthouse Rd., Eastville VA 23347, is one of the earliest and most complete in Virginia reflecting the continuity of government in Eastville for over 300 years. Docents on site for tours. No fee.
Kiptopeke State Park
Travel three miles north of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Toll Plaza and turn west onto Rt. 704, the park entrance is within half a mile. Visit website for admission fees. www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/kiptopeke.shtml#general_information