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Volunteer and feel rewarded at The Lewes Historical Society!  It's a fantastic way to find out about our historic town and meet people who share a passion for Lewes and its history!


We have opportunities for multiple interests (click here), but we are especially seeking folks to help with our Museum Store (click here) and Guided Walking Tours (click here).

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Tour season begins in April!

The Lewes Historical Society celebrates over 50 years of embracing Lewes history by offering multiple tour options to the public.  Discover historic destinations downtown, learn fun facts about our region’s maritime history, and experience history as it comes alive.  Learn about our lighthouses, cemeteries, historic architecture, maritime monuments, and more!

Click here for tour descriptions and schedules.

Museum Store & Information

Located at 302 Savannah Road
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This charming 1898 building was built originally as the Lewes branch of the Sussex Trust, Title & Safe Deposit Company. It's light and airy space is now the home of the Society's Museum Store featuring iconic Lewes products, books, and apparel, as well as local art, food, and crafts.

Click here to preview just a few of the items sold at the store or to make your purchase online- including a cool new line of vintage t-shirts!

Cannonball House Maritime Museum

Located at 118 Front Street
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Cannonball House
Struck by a British cannonball during the War of 1812, The Cannonball House is home to The Lewes Historical Society’s Maritime Museum.

Ryves Holt House

Located at 218 Second Street
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Ryves Holt

Explore the Ryves Holt House -- Delaware's Oldest -- and now part of First State National Historical Park.


Support the New Lewes History Museum

At the Margaret H. Rollins Community Center
101 Adams Avenue, Lewes

Lewes History MusuemAfter 384 years, one of the oldest and most historic cities in the country is finally getting its own museum and community center.  The Margaret H. Rollins Community Center and Lewes History Museum will be integral parts of an emerging 10-acre cultural campus at the southern entrance to Lewes. Included are the new Lewes Public Library, outdoor concert stage, a children’s garden, Stango Park, and the hub for an 18-mile regional hiking and biking trail.  A fundraising campaign is underway to generate the $1.8 million still required for building renovations and related costs. 

Special News! The campaign to raise $2.3 million to launch the new Lewes History Museum received a major boost when a one-to-one match of every donation was announced recently by a generous, anonymous donor. Starting now, through December 1, 2017, the donor will match dollar-for-dollar every gift to the Lewes History Museum campaign, up to $1 million!

Click here to learn more about this exciting project and how you can contribute.

March Speaker Series

Tony Pratt presents "Storm of '62: 55 Years Later"
Friday, March 17 at 7:30pm
at the Lewes Public Library
111 Adams Avenue, Lewes

Storm of 62 Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk Damage (2)On March 6-8,1962, the mid-Atlantic coast of the United States was hit by the Ash Wednesday Storm of 1962. This extreme nor’easter reached level 5 on the Dolan-Davis scale, injuring over 1,000 people and killing 40. Waves more than 40 feet high occurred in Rehoboth Beach. Flooding destroyed many beach homes and a large part of the boardwalk. The storm overall caused hundreds of millions in property damages in 6 different states.  Tony Pratt will reflect on this massive storm and describe its impact on the Delaware coastline.

Admission is free and no reservations are required. For more information, click here.

Click here for the full schedule for this series.

"A Taste of Lewes’s Dutch Past"

Chocolate-Making Demonstration & Tasting
Saturday, April 8
during the Lewes Tulip Celebration!)
at The Lewes Historical Society’s Museum Store
302 Savannah Road, Lewes

Cape Hindleoopen Chocolate (2)Enjoy free historic chocolate-making demonstrations and samples given by a team of Lewes Historical Society volunteer living history interpreters in period garb.  Learn more about 19th-century Chocolate Trade Cards and their connection to Lewes’s Dutch beginnings and continued heritage.

Also available at the Museum Store are blue and white Dutch style ceramics, along with iconic Lewes products, books, apparel, and locally sourced art, food, and crafts.  Enjoy a “Dutch taste” with Old World Breads Bakery, who will also have heritage baked products for sale at the Museum Store.

Click here for more information.

Family Fun Friday

"Building our Community"
Friday, April 14
2 sessions:
10:00am-11:00am or 1:00pm-2:00pm
at Midway School #178
at the Shipcarpenter Street Campus
110 Shipcarpenter Street, Lewes

3 Little Pigs CoverGeared for kids Kindergarten through 2nd grade, this educational and fun program will take place while school is out on April 14.  Featuring the book “The Three Little Pigs,” by Steven Guarnaccia, this story shows that not all of the houses are going to protect the pigs from the wolf’s huffing and puffing.  Which one will?

After the story, children will have the chance to build their own miniature models made of edible materials and explore the buildings within the Society’s Campus.

FREE for children and only a suggested donation of $5 per adult. Reservations required: 302-645-7670.

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Lewes Lunch & Learn

Tom Pulmano presents
“Lost off Lewes: the Archaeology and History of HMS DeBraak”
Friday, April 21 at noon
at Hotel Rodney
142 Second Street, Lewes

Debraak Weapons (2)In 1798, British warship, the HMS DeBraak, slipped beneath the waves of the Delaware Bay, just off the coast of Lewes. The remains of the hull and the secrets it held would not breech the surface again for nearly 200 years. During those two centuries, The DeBraak would become the stuff of local legend. Attend this lecture to learn more about one of the area's most famous historic events, fact and fiction.

Admission is FREE.  Space is limited.  Seating is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, click here.

Click here for the full schedule for this series.

April Speaker Series

Dale Clifton presents
"Treasures from the Sea: Nautical Archaeology"
Friday, April 21 at 7:30pm
at the Lewes Public Library
111 Adams Avenue, Lewes

Dale Clifton will tell you about his findings along the Delaware coast and what you should do if you are among the fortunate folks to find “treasure” along the beach, while embracing Delaware's coastal heritage.

Admission is free and no reservations are required.

Click here for the full schedule for this series.

Donation Requests

Spring is coming and we are searching for some items.  We are very grateful for any of the following:
  • Plants for the gardens at the Shipcarpenter Street Campus
  • Push Lawn Mower
  • Pick-up Truck for maintenance

Please contact our office at 302-645-7670 if you can help in any way!

Register for Family Boat Building Weekend!

Boat Building Big Brothers Big SistersJoin The Lewes Historical Society as we rekindle the Lewes tradition of boat building as part of our 2017 Family Boat Building Weekend. Held June 16-18, you and your family have the chance to build your own 12’ Bevin’s Skiff and test your craftsmanship as we launch the boats in the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal on Sunday afternoon.

Our dedicated team of volunteers will help show you the ropes, whether you are a beginner or a master craftsman. At the end of the weekend, you and your family will be able to row away with your skiff and take it home to share with your family and friends.

Space is limited, so register your family or group today! Click here for more information.

"Take me out to the Ball Game!"

Games begin in April! Come cheer on our team!
FREE admission for all!
Click here for the schedule.

VBB Team BW2-0797The Lewes Historical Society is proud to be the home of the Lewes Vintage Base Ball Club. The Lewes Base Ball Club is a member of the Mid-Atlantic Vintage Base Ball Association.  It is an educational program at the Society designed to tell the story of baseball in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and demonstrates the history of social and athletic life in Lewes.

The Lewes Vintage Base Ball Team, the 2016 Delaware State Champion, is proud to be sponsored by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery!

LHSLOGOThe Lewes Historical Society
110 Shipcarpenter Street
Lewes, DE  19958
Phone: 302-645-7670  
Fax: 302-645-2375

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