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Zwaanendael Club Museum Store

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 MusuemA long-awaited vision for Lewes is about to become reality with the creation of the new Lewes History Museum at the southern entrance to the City. This “missing pillar of community institutions” will now enable the telling of the remarkable story of Lewes to visitors and residents alike.

The Museum is a cooperative effort by the City of Lewes, the Lewes Historical Society and the Ma-Ran Foundation, which has made a generous lead gift to the project. Now just $1.8 million more is needed to allow the facility to open by the summer of 2017.

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

Speaker Series

The Nanticoke Indian Association presents
"Nanticoke Dance"
Friday, November 18, 2016 at 7:30pm
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Chief CarmineEach month between September and May the Society offers educational and entertaining programs that explore the history of Lewes, the surrounding area, Lewes's unique interaction in the national scene and other related and appealing topics. All of these meetings are open to all members, residents and visitors of the Lewes community.

Click here for the full schedule for this series.

Image above: "Chief Carmine of the Nanticoke Tribe"

A Christmas Tour of Lewes

Saturday, December 3, 2016
Advance tickets now available online!

HolidayOne of Lewes’s most beloved holiday traditions – the 43rd Annual Christmas Tour of Lewes, benefiting The Lewes Historical Society is set for Saturday, December 3, from 10:00am to 4:00pm.  Advance tickets are $25.00 each; tickets purchased the day of the tour are $30.00.  Children under 12 are FREE when accompanied by an adult.

This self-guided tour gives the Society a chance to show off its historic houses, decorated for the season. In addition, nine private homes in historic Lewes are selected for you to explore!  The newly renovated Lewes Historical Society Campus, located at 110 Shipcarpenter Street, will be bustling with a fun array of activities, including a Christmas Antiques and Collectibles Sale, cookie sale, holiday greens sale, and open houses decorated in period holiday décor.

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Painting for Raffle

Painting RaffleThe Lewes Historical Society invites the public for a chance to win an exclusive original acrylic painting by local artist Barbara Petterson. This wintry scene of the East End Lighthouse in Lewes, reminds us of how beautiful our coastline is after a light dusting of snow.   The 8” x 16” painting is professionally framed.  Barbara has graciously donated the painting to the Society to be raffled off.  The image will also be used on the ticket cover of the 2016 Christmas Tour of Lewes, to take place on Saturday, December 3.

Raffle tickets are $5.00 each and are available at The Lewes Historical Society’s Zwaanendael Club Museum Store at 302 Savannah Road in Lewes through December 23, 2016, when the drawing will be held.  Tickets can also be purchased by phone 302-645-7670.  All proceeds benefit the Society’s programs in education and historic preservation.  Christmas cards, note cards and posters featuring the painting will also be available at the Museum Store.

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Antiques Donations Appreciated

The Society is seeking donations for the Christmas Antiques Bazaar to be held in the Rabbit's Ferry House during the Christmas Tour on Saturday, December 3.

If you have items (such as jewelry, small furniture, pictures, etc.) to donate for the sale, please contact Carol Orr 302-645-8520. We will help make arrangements for pick-up or drop-off.  

Donations are appreciated by Friday, November 25. 

Proceeds from the sale benefit The Lewes Historical Society.

Members' Christmas Party

Friday, December 9, 2016
5:00pm- 7:00pm
At The Lewes Historical Society Campus
In the Burton-Ingram House

On the corner of Shipcarpenter & Third Streets

Christmas PartyCelebrate the holidays with us!  Bring your favorite hors d'oeuvres or Christmas munchies to share. The Society will provide the wassail and we may even do a bit of Christmas caroling! 

No reservations are required, but membership must be current.

Happy Holidays!

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

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