The  Eastern Shore's Own, Inc. was founded in 1984 by Allen Derrick, a retired actor  from New York and Joyce Holland, a local theater performer. Originally the ESO  was an adult theater troupe that expanded into instruction of the arts and  became incorporated on August 1, 1986. The ESO  began leasing the Belle Haven School building from the Town of Belle Haven on September 1, 1986. The ESO has been located in the facility since that time.