Eastville: Historic Courthouse Village

by Mary and Bill Burnham

Eastville Courthouse

This small village was established as the Northampton county seat in 1631 and has remained the seat of government ever since. The Courthouse contains the oldest continuous set of court records in the country, dating from 1632.

Stroll these quiet streets and imagine life in past centuries. You can see the Debtor's Prison, old Clerk's office and an ancient whipping post beside the small brick jail.

Each Thanksgiving weekend, Eastville is on the Open Studio and Vineyard Tour of the Eastern Shore.

Lawn fish at the text at Eastville

A big part of the part is across the street at the Gallery at Eastville where you'll find Mary Miller and her husband David Bruce Handschur creating works of art on the easel or in the kiln.

In the tradition of the atelier (studio/workshop) found in Europe, everything sold in their gallery is designed and made by the couple. They have a loom for knitwear, and a kiln for creating colorful art glass. They also do jewelry, photography and painting.

Click here to read about a kayak trip to a nearby winery!

Place to Eat

Chef Charles, Eastville Inn

The fresh fish on your plate at the 're-invented' historic Eastville Inn may have been caught by the chef himself. Charles Thain and his wife Shannon often serve the flounder, speckled trout, cobia and black drum they catch on their days off, with fresh local produce. The couple re-opened the 1726 inn in 2004. Charles claims his crab cakes are the best on the Shore, but don't bother asking: he'll never divulge the recipe!

Place to Stay

Windrush Farm Bed and Breakfast is charming circa 1850 country manor, while Windrush Cottage is a quaint cottage at Smith Beach on the Chesapeake Bay. Both are pet-friendly.