Lewes Historical Society

From Captain Kidd and
the eternal rhythms of the tides to the salty courage of the Delaware pilots
and the nationally-recognized architecture of our historic district - Lewes's
past is colorful, unique and proud. The ancient beam of old Cape Henlopen Light
still haunts the local seas and local imaginations in "Delaware's Saltiest
Town."



The Lewes Historical Society began in 1961 as local residents identified a need
to preserve Lewes' architectural heritage and for an organization to act as a
steward for Lewes's past - a history that stretches back to humble Dutch
origins in 1631. The Society has been recognized as one of Delaware's greatest
assets and has been honored for our efforts by the National Trust for Historic
Preservation and by the American Association for State & Local History. The
Society celebrates the heritage of Lewes -- "The First Town in The First
State!"



The Society continues to offer a rich and exciting array of activities that
engage visitors and promote Lewes's unique heritage to an ever-increasing
number of seasonal guests and year-round residents of the area. From our
History Happy Hours to the Summer Outdoor Antique Shows and Craft Fairs the
Society offers annual programs that have become signature events of the
Society. The Society has sponsored several conferences of Lewes and Delaware
History, has invited numerous local, national and international scholars and
dignitaries to speak at its events, and promoted the arts and cultural
exploration and appreciation in Southern Delaware. As Lewes continues to grow,
the Society will strive to maintain a record of the past of this special town
by the sea.

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Address

Lewes Historical Society
110 Shipcarpenter St.
Lewes, DE 19958

Admission

Tours including the Life in Lewes Tour, Maritime Tour, Haunted Lewes Tour, Trolley Tours, Kayak Tour, Cemetery Tour, and Architecture Tour are $10 per person, members, students, and children 12 & under are free.

Cannonball House Maritime Museum $5 per person, members, students, and children 12 & under are free.

Transportation

All Lewes Historical Society Society properties and events can conveniently be reached by DART First State Bus #204. For more schedules and more information, please see www.dartfirststate.com.

Parking

The Lewes Historical Society's Historic Conmplex is loctated between Second & Third Streets at Shipcarpenter Street. The Society's Antiques Shows, Craft Fairs, Art Show and Christmas Tour are held here. The Cannonball Race 5K begins and ends here.

The Ryves Holt House is located at the corner of Mulberry & Second Streets.

The Cannonball House is located at the corner of Front & Bank Streets.

The Lewes Life-Saving Station Boathouse is located at the foot of Shipcarpenter Street at
the Lewes & Rehoboth Canal."

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