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.

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.

Real Estate

Properties for Sale

Mimosa Farm

Mimosa Farm is situated on the beautiful Eyre Hall Creek near Cheriton, VA surrounded by 17 acres of protected fields and woodland. The property offers more than 1,500 feet of pristine waterfront access, and is home to osprey, bald eagles, and herons. Built in 1868 by Augustus Roberts, the main house has great potential to be fully restored to its original architectural details. Mimosa Farm has a special-use permit for events and capacity for up to 10 guest rooms. 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 restrooms, catering kitchen, and guest suite. Mimosa farm is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the magic of an enchanting 19th-century farmstead.

Contact Bo Parrish at 757.715.2228 or boparrish@msn.com for additional information on Mimosa Farm or to request a showing.

Salt Grove

Immerse yourself in the Eastern Shore of Virginia at Salt Grove, an 8.6-acre historic property on Cherrystone Inlet. With 360-degree views of the tidal creek and marshland, the property offers 1,800 linear feet of waterfront with six slips, boat ramp, and 360 ft of bulkhead. The two existing buildings on the property embrace Early American Farm House architecture – a luxuriously appointed guest and bathhouse and a climate-controlled shucking house with upstairs accommodations. There is an additional 40x60 building pad with piling and foundation already installed. Additionally, new zoning allows for an additional residential site in the western portion of the property.

Contact Eyre Baldwin at 757.636.2885 or eyre1@verizon.net for additional information on Salt Grove or to request a showing.

Development Opportunities

Cape Charles Yacht Center

The Cape Charles Yacht Center is designed to be 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 can accommodate boats of all sizes. There are several development opportunities available at Cape Charles Yacht Center including residential, restaurants, retail and boat/fishing related businesses.

For more information on Cape Charles Yacht Center, visit ccyachtcenter.com.

Success Stories

Oyster, VA

In November 2015, ESLAND sold its Oyster, Virginia location to Cherrystone Aqua-Farms and moved the historic Harvey building to Cape Charles Yacht Center. This has allowed Cherrystone Aqua-Farms to expand their nursery site and grow more clams and oysters. Cherrystone Aqua-Farms offer top-quality clams and oysters available in a variety of sizes and types and create more jobs on the Eastern Shore.

Cherrystone Aqua-Farms’ oysters and clams are raised in Virginia state-certified clean growing waters and are available year-round. They are raised in the same-salt-flushed waters as their wild counterparts so have the same great flavor. The oysters and clams are environmentally friendly, a sustainable food product and an excellent way to address non-point source pollution in our waterways.

The mission of ESLAND is to preserve, protect and revitalize the Eastern Shore and we consider the sell of our Oyster location as a step forward in achieving this mission.


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 door knobs, 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.

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.

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 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.


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.

Special Events

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, and beautiful waterfront property overlooking Cherrystone Inlet. Each venue offers a truly authentic experience honoring the history of the Shore and its roots in agriculture, aquaculture and boating.

Email events@easternshoreland.com for additional information or to reserve space.


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.


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.

16464 Courthouse Road
Post Office Box 395
Eastville, Virginia 23347