The Eastern Shore of Virginia Historical Society is hoping for the community’s help in fixing the historic Hopkins Brothers bulkhead at the Wharf in Onancock. The bulkhead protects the former Hopkins Brothers dry goods store, currently Mallards at the Wharf, which is also owned by the historical society. One boat slip there is available for public mooring, and rental of the other four slips benefits the Historical Society.

The dock and bulkhead were originally built in 1842 and has fallen almost all the way into complete disrepair. According to a recent engineering study, the fix is likely to cost more than $250,000.

Eastern Shore of Virginia Historical Society Executive Director Hillary Wilson talks about the current state of the bulkhead:


To raise funds to make this happen, the Historical Society is announcing the inaugural Crab Crackin’ at Ker Place, presented by Taylor Bank, on Saturday, Aug. 18.

In the vein of its previous popular Music on the Lawn events, the Eastern Shore of Virginia Historical Society will host the feast to showcase the Shore’s agricultural and aquacultural bounty to the tunes of the Crawdaddies, an East Coast roots-rock band that serves up a blend of Cajun, zydeco, and reggae. Entertainment is sponsored by Accomack County Farm Bureau.

The event will run from 4 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $50 each, and the menu includes steamed crabs, crab-and-shrimp boil with potatoes and sweet corn, barbecue, coleslaw, beer and wine (limited quantity of alcoholic beverages included, with additional available for purchase).

To purchase tickets, visit or call 757-787-8012.