Ker Place Spring Exhibit: ” From ‘Shine to Shaker’ “

Date(s) - 03/06/2020
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Ker Place Spring Exhibit: ” From ‘Shine to Shaker’ “

Ker Place spring exhibit will serve up years of moonshine and cocktails

ONANCOCK, Va. – “From ’Shine to Shaker,” a spring exhibit launching in early March at Ker Place, will share the Shore’s story of alcohol from the temperance movement through Prohibition-era moonshine and the birth of NASCAR  to mixology.

The showcase will launch with a ticketed preview party at 6 p.m. Friday, March 6. That evening, attendees will sample classic cocktails as expert Robert Simonson, author of “The Martini Cocktail” and “A Proper Drink,” will discuss how Prohibition unfolded; pre- and post-Prohibition drinks; and a general chronicle of alcohol from then until now. Tickets, available at, are $20 each for Eastern Shore of Virginia Historical Society members and $25 for a not-yet-member. That includes a regular-size cocktail of his or her choice from the ones sampled during the program as well as hors d’oeuvres. A cash bar also will be available to attendees.

The exhibit will open to the public the following day, Saturday, March 7. Its story begins with local church members launching avid support for the temperance movement. Virginia and the nation as a whole moved toward Prohibition as many Eastern Shoremen built moonshine stills in the woods. The Shore’s nook-and-cranny creeks carried “rum runners,” while its winding back roads became busy routes for illegal distribution of mash liquor. Cocktails created during those times paved the way for mixologists. Admission to the exhibit is free, and it will run for several months.

For more about the exhibit and the preview party, call 757-787-8012, visit or go to the Eastern Shore of Virginia Historical Society’s Facebook page at

The exhibit marks the opening of Ker Place, 69 Market Street in Onancock, for the season. Free tours run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Donations are appreciated as the Historical Society works to preserve and interpret the history of our area and educate the community about its past.

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