About

The Eastern Shore Land Company (ESLAND) was founded to preserve, protect and revitalize the Eastern Shore of Virginia. The Baldwin family is an integral part of the Eastern Shore's history starting in 1623, and it remains passionate about maintaining its character and natural beauty for future generations.

An Evening to Support the Eastern Shore Artisan Trail
Harvey Building, Oyster, VA

Catering by Bell's Seafood · Silent Auction & Raffle · Wine & Beer Available
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The Eastern Shore of Virginia has a unique history influenced by agriculture, fishing, and tourism. In the 1600s, Jamestown settlers crossed the Chesapeake Bay to the Eastern Shore in search of salt. Finding an abundance of beautiful, fertile land, seafood, and wildlife, families started settling and acquiring farms and home sites on the water. The area became a major source for grains in the 17th century, and Oyster became the only deep water port shipping grains to the Caribbean.

The Barrier Islands were once popular hunting and fishing destinations for the rich and famous. In the 1940s, oysters from the Barrier Islands were in high demand and sent to St. Louis, Chicago, New York and Philadelphia via the Pennsylvania Railroad system. Storms and time took its toll on the fragile ecosystems, and now the majority of the 18 barrier islands on the Atlantic side of the Eastern Shore of Virginia are undeveloped.

Virginia's Eastern Shore is rich in beautiful, untouched natural resources, and charming historic downtowns with quaint hotels, restaurants and shops. It is still a sportsman’s paradise offering hunting, fishing, boating, bird watching, biking and other water activities. A majority of the land is owned by the Nature Conservancy, and it is the longest expanse of coastal wilderness remaining on the eastern seaboard of the United States.

The Eastern Shore of Virginia is part of the Delmarva Peninsula, located midway between Florida and New England surrounded by the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. The Eastern Shore connects to Virginia via the 17.6-mile Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel and to Maryland and points north via Route 13. Boats can access both sides of the Eastern Shore via the Chesapeake Bay or the Atlantic Ocean. Several private airports provide access for small aircraft.

Projects

Cape Charles Yacht Center

The Cape Charles Yacht Center is being designed as a mega-yacht destination along the East Coast. The harbor sits at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay where it meets the Atlantic Ocean and features an 18-ft. deep channel for easy access. The full-service shipyard will be able to accommodate boats of all sizes.

Additionally, The Cape Charles Yacht Center will attract visitors to the town of Cape Charles and will help to continue the revitalization of the area’s economy. This development will bring new business opportunities such as restaurants, hotels and marine industries. For more information on Cape Charles Yacht Center, visit ccyachtcenter.com.

Oyster, VA

Oyster is located on the Atlantic coast of the Eastern Shore. It provides an untouched, natural setting and an ideal location for an eco-resort destination.

ESLAND wants to preserve the authenticity of Oyster and build upon its rich history. Low impact development plans include eco-tourism adventures, aqua-farming, guided kayak tours, fly fishing, hunting and site-appropriate accommodations for visitors.

Oyster Buyboat Georgie E., is docked at Oyster and available for weekend tours, rentals, birdwatching, and picnics on the Barrier Islands. Currently sunset cruises are offered that feature fresh seafood and ingredients straight from local farms.

Restoration

Mimosa Farm

Mimosa Farm is beautifully situated on Eyre Hall Creek near Cheriton, VA. Surrounded by 17 acres of pristine fields and woodland, this gorgeous view is permanently protected by the Nature Conservancy. This is a peaceful place, a unique property with more than 1,500 feet of waterfront access, which is home to osprey, bald eagles, and herons.

The main house was built in 1868 by Augustus Roberts. It has been restored to its original structure with exquisite architectural details such as intricate carved moldings, porcelain doorknobs, and solid hardwood floors. The wide halls and spacious rooms provide a one-of-a-kind venue for special events and functions. A 4,900-square-foot barn on the edge of the creek displays solid mid-18th-century construction. Other buildings include a corn crib and an 18th-century smokehouse.

Old Mercantile Building

The Old Mercantile Building, also known as the Northampton Chamber of Commerce Building, is a historic commercial building located in Eastville, Virginia. It was built about 1816, and is a two-story, rectangular brick structure in the Federal style. The front facade is stucco with a gable roof and a fanlight window above the second-story door. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.

Sugar Run

The small cottage at Sugar Run represents the first deeded property to a slave. The main house on the property was a slave quarter, which was sold to the Masons for a Masonic Theater in the late 1800s. The cottage currently serves as the office for the Northampton Historic Preservation Society.

18th Century Inspired Office

This outbuilding office on the Eyre Hall estate was designed by John Paul Hanbury, a widely respected architect based in Norfolk. The wooden floors and siding were made from trees on the property.

The Imperial Hotel

The Imperial Hotel is a quaint hotel in the heart of historic Chestertown, MD. It has been a gathering place for travelers and local patrons for more than a century. Over the years, the hotel was converted into apartments and small shops. In 1985, a major restoration project was initiated, and the hotel was expanded to accommodate 11 deluxe guest rooms and a one bedroom/parlor suite. A deteriorated carriage house at the rear of the property was restored into a family suite with a cathedral-ceiling living room, kitchen and dining area. The owners enlisted Eyre Baldwin, and with the Victorian Society of America and the talents of Eastern Shore crafts people, the unpretentious hotel was transformed into a Victorian jewel. The hotel now showcases the shore's heritage that balances old-world charm with modern amenities. For more information and photos, visit imperialchestertown.com.

Jacaranda

Jacaranda is a beachfront villa located on Mustique, a private Caribbean island with beautiful rocky headlands, dramatic topography and nine white sandy beaches. ESLAND recently renovated Jacaranda, creating a sophisticated yet airy and tropical vacation destination just steps from the beach on L’Ansecoy Bay.

Yemanja

Named after the Goddess of the Sea, this 24,000-square-foot home is built on a seven-acre parcel on volcano rock. Manolo Mestre designed the sophisticated private residence with multiple levels and secluded hideaways 300 feet above the sea. The landscape design was done by award-winning designer, Cecilia de Grelle.

Salt Grove

ESLAND repurposed this historic property on the Cherrystone Inlet in the mid-1990s, hauling away 100 truckloads of accumulation. A small office building for use by fisherman was built, along with a guest house that overlooks this beautiful point of land. Today, crew teams, fishermen, gill netters, and two aqua culture companies use the site for oyster and clam processing. Additionally Virginia Institute of Marine Science operates water quality testing at Salt Grove, studying the effects aquaculture has on the creeks and the Chesapeake Bay.

Special Events

Nature's Backdrop

ESLAND offers a variety of waterfront venues with the natural beauty of Virginia's Eastern Shore as the backdrop to your event. Whether it's a corporate function or the wedding of your dreams, an event on the Shore is a one-of-a-kind experience. Our venues include a restored farmhouse, Cape Charles Yacht Center, or Oyster, a quaint seaside village with a restored Buyboat and function space on the Cherrystone Inlet. Each venue offers a truly authentic experience honoring the history of the Shore and its roots in agriculture, aquaculture and boating.

Catering & Accommodations

Outside catering is welcome.  We can assist with planning and choosing the right caterer, accommodations or vendors to make your event seamless. We have a list of preferred vendors that can provide the best service whether it's transportation, catering or oyster shucking. All service contracts are between you and the vendor.

ESLAND has a variety of bedroom suites at some event properties for your use if you wish you stay on the premises. These suites also make ideal bridal suites or dressing rooms.

Mimosa Farm

Mimosa Farm is beautifully situated on Eyre Hall Creek near Cheriton, VA. The property offers more than 1,500 feet of waterfront access, and is home to osprey, bald eagles, and herons. The main house was built in 1868 by Augustus Roberts. The 4,900-square-foot barn on the edge of the creek displays solid mid-18th-century construction and has been modernized for special events and functions. The barn has a large gathering space, two restroom, catering kitchen, and guest suite. The barn can accommodate 75 guests for a sit-down dinner or 125 for a stand-up reception. The space can expand to accommodate groups up to 250 with tents.

Cape Charles Yacht Center

Cape Charles Yacht Center is located on the Cape Charles harbor and is a registered U.S. Superyacht Association site. It offers a premier waterfront outdoor space for your special occasion. Your guests can pull their boats up to the event site. Tents can be rented to accommodate groups up to 500 people. Fresh fish, clambakes or concerts are ideal for this location or a nautical-themed wedding where the bride and groom sail off into the sunset.

Oyster & The Georgie E.

Oyster is located on the ocean side of the Eastern Shore and is home to Cherrystone Aqua Farm, a working clam farm and nursery. It provides an untouched, natural setting and is an ideal location for an eco-resort destination. Let your imagination create a truly unique event that showcases the Eastern Shore's aquaculture with fresh clams, oysters and local wines. The property has a pristine waterfront lawn with an outdoor deck, clam shell patio with Adirondeck chairs and a fully restored Buyboat to cruise to the Barrier Islands. The event space can accommodate 100 guests for a reception. And, the Buyboat Georgie E. can accommodate 20 passengers. Outdoor event space can be added with tents for larger crowds.

Salt Grove

ESLAND repurposed this historic property on the Cherrystone Inlet in the mid-1990s. A small office building for use by fisherman was built, along with a guest house that overlooks this beautiful point of land. If you're looking for an intimate setting for a special event, you'll find a gem at Salt Grove. The building can accommodate a group of 25 people for dinner or cocktails. The grounds provide a beautiful setting for outdoor functions such as the annual event sponsored by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation for 700 people with live music, hay rides and hot air balloons.

Reservations & Information

Contact Chuck Little at 800.421.1481 or email events@easternshoreland.com.

Vision

ESLAND's goal is to develop a premier coastal destination and revitalize Virginia's Eastern Shore while preserving its rich history and natural assets. With a focus on first-class service and amenities, ESLAND is dedicated to transform the area into a resort destination that attracts visitors from around the world.

The benefits of these efforts will stimulate the economic strength of region, raise the quality of life for residents and preserve the historical culture of the Eastern Shore.

Partners

H. Furlong Baldwin

H. Furlong Baldwin has had a very successful career in banking and finance. He was elected non-executive Chairman of NASDAQ OMX's board of directors effective May 12, 2003 and has been a member of NASDAQ OMX's board of directors since July 2000. Mr. Baldwin also served as a member of FINRA's board of governors from 1999 until 2003. Mr. Baldwin served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Mercantile Bankshares Corporation, a multi-bank holding company, from April 1976 until March 2001. Mr. Baldwin retired as Chairman and member of the Mercantile board of directors in March 2003.

He has lent his support for a variety of organizations including the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Walters Art Gallery and Johns Hopkins Medicine, where he was chairman of the board of trustees from 1989 to 1994. He is passionate about preserving the Eastern Shore and generously welcomes visitors to enjoy Eyre Hall’s gardens at any time.

Eyre Baldwin

Eyre Baldwin is a real estate developer based in Cape Charles on Virginia's Eastern Shore. He specializes in preserving historic properties and large-scale economic development initiatives to bring jobs and stimulate the economy of the Shore. Eyre’s family has been an integral part of the history of the Eastern Shore for more than 12 generations. Currently, he oversees the development of the Cape Charles Yacht Center in addition to an eco-tourism destination in Oyster.

The Cape Charles Yacht Center will feature a super yacht dock facility capable of handling repairs and outfitting needs for major yachts and sport fishing boats. Baldwin and his long-time partner Chris Ashby have traveled extensively to consult and restore properties, here in the US and abroad. A sailing and boating enthusiast his entire life, Baldwin most recently headed up the restoration of the historic Chesapeake Bay buy boat, the Georgie E. It will be based out of Oyster for eco tours, and help further his interest in raising preservation awareness for the Shore. Both he and his father have served on charitable boards such as the Barrier Island Center to promote preservation and the area's economic improvement.

ESLAND
16464 Courthouse Road
Post Office Box 395
Eastville, Virginia 23347
757.678.5880
info@easternshoreland.com