Ghotes 2002 Schedule of Events
September 23 - 27
Eastern Shore of Virginia

Day/Events Start
Courthouse and Library Resources Orientations
(See "track" information at bottom of page.)
Session 1: Courthouse/Library/Registration  9:30 AM 10:30 AM
Session 2: Courthouse/Library/Registration 11:00 AM 12:00 PM
Session 3: Courthouse/Library/Registration 1:00 PM 2:00 PM
Registration/Reception at Kerr Place
     (Event included in conference fee. Extra tickets available for purchase.)
4:00 PM
6:00 PM
WELCOME and Announcements  8:30 AM 9:00 AM
Jean Mihalyka, Noted Author/Researcher. Opening Remarks. 9:00 AM 10:00 AM
Miles Barnes.  Historian/Author/Librarian. "Critical Moments in Eastern Shore History." 
10:00 AM 11:30 AM
Box Lunch 11:30 AM 12:30 PM
David Scott. Family and ESVA land historian. "Discovering the Family Histories of Northampton County through the History of its Land: The Nathaniel Littleton Land."  12:30 PM 2:00 PM
Family Group Sessions. "Break-Out" Groups. Map Workshop. Meet with others who share your family ties and interests. Groups will be organized according the information you send at the time of registration. We'll begin the mapping project also. 2:00 PM 4:30 PM
Evening: Open. (But don't make big plans. We have a surprise for you.)
Eastern Shore Authors Breakfast and Booksigning
Meet your favorite Eastern Shore Authors. Hear them talk about their latest projects. Among our Author Guests will be Miles Barnes, Frances Latimer, Jean Mihalyka, Anne Nock, Barry Miles, Moody Miles, Gail M. Walczyk, Dean Hickman, and others to be confirmed.
(Buy your own breakfast.)
8:00 AM 10:00 AM
Frances Latimer. Author/Researcher/Publisher. "The Lives of African Americans of the Eastern Shore after the Civil War: The stories of Thomas Nelson Baker, Dr. James Martin, and Other Remarkable Men and Women." 10:30 AM 11:30 AM
Lunch (on your own)
Gail Walczyk, Genealogist and Publisher. "When is One Eastern Shoreman (or Shorewoman) Really Three? Cases of Missing Generations." 1:00 PM 2:30 PM
Moody and Barry Miles, Authors/Compilers/Transcribers of marriage records, wills, and other important sources. "Working with Accomack County Census and Other Data: Solving the Puzzles" 2:30 PM 4:00 PM
Dinner on your own.
Evening Presentations

Join us after dinner for dessert and coffee or hot chocolate. Public welcome, subject to space limitations.

Elton Bennett  Terrific slide presentation. "Finding Home: The  Wises' Mount Pleasant."

David Scott and Linwood Walker, retired architect and architectural historian. "Eastern Shore Architecture, A Distinctive Legacy." Some of the homes included in this slide discussion are Winona, Stratton Manor, Hills Farm, Warwick, Eyre Hall, Tower Hill, The Glebe, Corbin Hall, Cherry Grove, Wharton, Brownsville, Park Hall, Happy Union, and Chatham.

7:00 PM

8:30 PM

Family Group Sessions 9:00 AM 11:30 AM
Lunch (on your own)
Historic Homes Tour 1:00 PM 4:30 PM
Evening Free

Jean Raleigh, Winterthur, An American Country Estate . "Understanding and Preserving Precious Things." Jean will answer our questions about caring for family treasures--photos, letters, quilts, clothing, etc. She will also help us understand some of those mysterious items named in early Inventories and other court records. 8:30 AM 10:00 AM
Becky Miller  Author and Director, Nabb Research Center, Salisbury. : "Randall Revell Revealed." With two decades of research on Randall and other Revells, Becky is indeed a respected authority. She will give us insights into the untangling of all those Revell puzzles and the records and questions encountered along the way. 10:00 AM 11:30 AM
Final Announcements
Afternoon Free
Fabulous GHOTES Eastern Shore Traditional Banquet
Tons of fresh Eastern Shore seafood as well as other traditional Eastern Shore feasting!  The Trawler in Exmore.
(Not included in conference fee. Purchase tickets early. Seating limited.)
5:30- 6:30PM 
No-Host Social Hour

6:30- 8:30PM


About Monday's "tracks":
Because the rooms are relatively small at these sites, and so that everyone has an opportunity to ask questions, we have arranged repeat orientations. Each courthouse will hold two orientations; the library will hold three. When you send in your registration, you will be assigned a "track." If there's one track that you prefer, please send a separate email to or  Thanks.
"Track" ESVA Public Library Accomack County Courthouse Northampton County Courthouse
Track A 9:30 AM 11:00 AM 1:00 PM
Track B 11:00 AM 9:30 AM 1:00 PM
Track C 1:00 PM 11:00 AM 9:30 AM

Updated on 8/30/02.
By B.G. Cox