A Photo Tour of Historic Lewes Delaware

Historic Fisher-Martin House, c. 1730

This house has a gambrel roof and is next to the Zwaanendael Museum. It currently houses the Lewes Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau information center.
This house has a gambrel roof and is next to the Zwaanendael Museum. It currently houses the Lewes Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau information center. | Source

Lewes Settlement Marker

Marker along Lewes Canal,
Marker along Lewes Canal, | Source

Lewes is the First Town in the First State

Come take a pictorial tour of the seafaring Town of Lewes, Delaware which was founded in 1631. Today's tour will take you through the Historic District with its brick paved side walks and tree lined streets which feature unique shops, restaurants, galleries, museums, gardens, parks and a Town Dock on the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal that runs parallel to the Historic District. You will see examples of varying types of architecture including Queen Anne, Second Empire, Early Republic, Mid 19th Century Revival, and Colonial. The townspeople take great pride in their historic heritage and enjoy the opportunity of sharing it with you. Lewes is situated where the Delaware Bay and Atlantic Ocean meet at Cape Henlopen and it's a great walking town.

Zwaanendael Park Honors Dutch Heritage

The park has herb, butterfly and flower gardens and honors Lewes' Dutch heritage.
The park has herb, butterfly and flower gardens and honors Lewes' Dutch heritage. | Source

Zwaanendael Museum

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The Zwaanendael Museum

The Zwaanendael Museum was built by the State of Delaware in 1931 during the 300 year anniversary of the first Dutch Settlement in order to honor the memory of the original settlers who were massacred by a local tribe of the Lenni Lenape Indians. The museum is open year-round but is closed on Mondays and state holidays. It is a great place to learn about the dutch influence in Lewes.

Front View of the Zwaanendael Museum

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Zwaanendael Park Fountain

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Fall Tours: Feast for the Senses

We are blessed to be touring in early fall when the town looks like a plein air artist's delight resplendent in hues of gold, orange, green and brown all intermixed with the last bloom of flowering annuals in every imaginable color. The town is like a feast for the senses and we deeply inhale the pine cone scented sea breeze which is refreshingly cool after the long hot summer. Days like today are cherished by the locals who know winter is just around the corner and the mild 60's and 70's temperatures will soon vanish along with the leaves on the deciduous trees.

Cannonball House Museum

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Cannonball House

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Cannonball House and Maritime Museum

The Cannonball House has served as a Maritime Museum since the 1970s when it was taken over by the Lewes Historical Society to serve as home to nearly 375 years of nautical history. Built prior to the revolution, it had been the home of generations of river and bay pilots and had been scarred by cannon fire during the War of 1812. Today it has a replica cannonball stuck in its foundation but you have to look hard to see it (top picture, bottom right hand corner).

The War of 1812 Park is across the street from the museum and is the site of one of the two forts that defended Lewes during the bombardment from the British.

1812 Park and City Dock

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This park commemorates the War of 1812 when the town had to defend itself against the British.
This park commemorates the War of 1812 when the town had to defend itself against the British.
This park commemorates the War of 1812 when the town had to defend itself against the British. | Source

Ryves Holt House, c. 1665

The Ryves Holt House is currently used as the Lewes Historical Society Visitor Information Center and gift shop. It is the oldest house in Delaware.
The Ryves Holt House is currently used as the Lewes Historical Society Visitor Information Center and gift shop. It is the oldest house in Delaware. | Source

St. Peter's Church & Cemetary

St. Peter's Episcopal Church and adjacent cemetary.
St. Peter's Episcopal Church and adjacent cemetary. | Source

St. Peter's Episcopal Church

Saint Peter's Episcopal Church is located in the heart of historic Lewes and has been serving the community faithfully since 1681. The current brick structure was erected in 1858 and a steeple was added in 1870. The church is surrounded by a cemetary. There is also an adjacent labyrinth that fosters meditation. St. Peter's still has a thriving congregation despite the fact that it is one of the oldest congregations in Delaware.

Lightship Overfalls Maritime Museum Complex

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Close-up of the Lightship Overfalls which is one of the last surviving lightships, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Close-up of the beacon of light on top of the lightship's mast. The Ship's Store on the left is also the welcome center. The Lightship Overfalls is straight ahead.Plaque giving history of Lightship Overfalls. Close up of the Ship's Store and Welcome Center.U.S. Life Saving Station.
Close-up of the Lightship Overfalls which is one of the last surviving lightships, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Close-up of the Lightship Overfalls which is one of the last surviving lightships, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Close-up of the beacon of light on top of the lightship's mast.
Close-up of the beacon of light on top of the lightship's mast. | Source
The Ship's Store on the left is also the welcome center. The Lightship Overfalls is straight ahead.
The Ship's Store on the left is also the welcome center. The Lightship Overfalls is straight ahead. | Source
Plaque giving history of Lightship Overfalls.
Plaque giving history of Lightship Overfalls. | Source
Close up of the Ship's Store and Welcome Center.
Close up of the Ship's Store and Welcome Center. | Source
U.S. Life Saving Station.
U.S. Life Saving Station. | Source

Shops in the Historic District

There are many shops along Second Street and the sidewalks are all paved in brick with old fashioned street lights with baskets of flowers hanging from them in spring, summer and fall.
There are many shops along Second Street and the sidewalks are all paved in brick with old fashioned street lights with baskets of flowers hanging from them in spring, summer and fall. | Source

Shops in the Historic District

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Habersham Peddlers Interiors sells fine furniture, gifts and finishing touches.Ginger Moon Fine Yarns & Antiques sells quality yarns & needlepoint; whimsical antiques & jewelry.The Stepping Stone sells unique American-made fine handcrafts: pottery, glass, metal, wood & jewelry.Flowers by Mayumi.Marsha's Co. sells Marsha Holler's own apparel designs plus artisan crafts.Lewes Mercantile Antique Gallery sells quality antiques and collectibles.Ocean Retreat Day Spa & Hair Studio offers massages, facials, manicures, pedicures, yoga and medi-spa services. Cape Artists' Gallery is a cooperative gallery featuring work by local artists.Fisherman's Wharf on other side of canal.Tidewater Bait & Tackle Shop for all your fishing needs.
Habersham Peddlers Interiors sells fine furniture, gifts and finishing touches.
Habersham Peddlers Interiors sells fine furniture, gifts and finishing touches. | Source
Ginger Moon Fine Yarns & Antiques sells quality yarns & needlepoint; whimsical antiques & jewelry.
Ginger Moon Fine Yarns & Antiques sells quality yarns & needlepoint; whimsical antiques & jewelry. | Source
The Stepping Stone sells unique American-made fine handcrafts: pottery, glass, metal, wood & jewelry.
The Stepping Stone sells unique American-made fine handcrafts: pottery, glass, metal, wood & jewelry. | Source
Flowers by Mayumi.
Flowers by Mayumi. | Source
Marsha's Co. sells Marsha Holler's own apparel designs plus artisan crafts.
Marsha's Co. sells Marsha Holler's own apparel designs plus artisan crafts. | Source
Lewes Mercantile Antique Gallery sells quality antiques and collectibles.
Lewes Mercantile Antique Gallery sells quality antiques and collectibles. | Source
Ocean Retreat Day Spa & Hair Studio offers massages, facials, manicures, pedicures, yoga and medi-spa services.
Ocean Retreat Day Spa & Hair Studio offers massages, facials, manicures, pedicures, yoga and medi-spa services. | Source
Cape Artists' Gallery is a cooperative gallery featuring work by local artists.
Cape Artists' Gallery is a cooperative gallery featuring work by local artists. | Source
Fisherman's Wharf on other side of canal.
Fisherman's Wharf on other side of canal. | Source
Tidewater Bait & Tackle Shop for all your fishing needs.
Tidewater Bait & Tackle Shop for all your fishing needs. | Source

A Feast for the Body

After a full morning of touring museums, parks and shopping we are ready to eat at one of the many fine or casual restaurants, cafes, bakeries or coffee shops. Weather permitting, many have outdoor seating and some overlook the canal.

Lewes Restaurants and Bakery

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The Buttery. Fine dining with indoor and outdoor seating.The Wharf Restaurant & Bar. Casual waterfront dining with indoor and outdoor seating. Lewes Bake Shoppe sells fabulous pastries, cookies and bread. Jeffy's Seafood Restaurant. Upscale but casual dining for the seafood lover. Gilligan's Restaurant. Upscale but still casual dining with view of the canal. Half Full is a great place to sit, relax and have a glass of wine and delicious pizza.King's Homemade Ice Cream Shop, a great place for dessert.
The Buttery. Fine dining with indoor and outdoor seating.
The Buttery. Fine dining with indoor and outdoor seating. | Source
The Wharf Restaurant & Bar. Casual waterfront dining with indoor and outdoor seating.
The Wharf Restaurant & Bar. Casual waterfront dining with indoor and outdoor seating. | Source
Lewes Bake Shoppe sells fabulous pastries, cookies and bread.
Lewes Bake Shoppe sells fabulous pastries, cookies and bread. | Source
Jeffy's Seafood Restaurant. Upscale but casual dining for the seafood lover.
Jeffy's Seafood Restaurant. Upscale but casual dining for the seafood lover. | Source
Gilligan's Restaurant. Upscale but still casual dining with view of the canal.
Gilligan's Restaurant. Upscale but still casual dining with view of the canal. | Source
Half Full is a great place to sit, relax and have a glass of wine and delicious pizza.
Half Full is a great place to sit, relax and have a glass of wine and delicious pizza. | Source
King's Homemade Ice Cream Shop, a great place for dessert.
King's Homemade Ice Cream Shop, a great place for dessert. | Source

An After Lunch Walk Past Historic Houses

An after lunch stroll through the historic district will help burn up the dessert that you hopefully treated yourself to and while walking at a steady pace you can enjoy looking at the many different architectural styles that abound in this small district. Our pictorial will focus on the front entrance ways, front porches and gazebos which are beautifully decorated for the fall season.

Photo Tour: Historic Lewes Houses

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 Elegant accomodations in a historic Victorian home. Next picture shows historic marker which is in front of the house.Historic Marker in front of John Penrose Virden House. Gazebo style porch which is part of the Ocean Retreat Day Spa.  Public gazebo next to restrooms in Mary Vessels ParkHistoric house which is now used as real estate office.
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Elegant accomodations in a historic Victorian home. Next picture shows historic marker which is in front of the house.
Elegant accomodations in a historic Victorian home. Next picture shows historic marker which is in front of the house. | Source
Historic Marker in front of John Penrose Virden House.
Historic Marker in front of John Penrose Virden House. | Source
Gazebo style porch which is part of the Ocean Retreat Day Spa.
Gazebo style porch which is part of the Ocean Retreat Day Spa. | Source
 Public gazebo next to restrooms in Mary Vessels Park
Public gazebo next to restrooms in Mary Vessels Park | Source
Historic house which is now used as real estate office.
Historic house which is now used as real estate office. | Source

A Walk to Lewes Beach at End of Savannah Rd.

No visit to Lewes would be complete without taking a walk down to the Lewes Beach which is at the end of Savannah Rd.

Town of Lewes Public Beach

Lewes beach overlooks the Cape May Lewes Ferry Terminal and is a great place to watch the boats come in and go out of the terminal.
Lewes beach overlooks the Cape May Lewes Ferry Terminal and is a great place to watch the boats come in and go out of the terminal. | Source

Antique Dolls in Upstairs Window of Private House

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Goodbye and I Hope You Come Back in Person

I hope you've enjoyed this pictorial tour of historic Lewes and will come to town for a real visit. The photo to your right shows a window display in one of the private homes. Two antique dolls are waving goodbye from the upstairs bedroom window. They represent the wives and daughters who used to wave goodbye to their husbands and fathers as the men went out to sea to earn a living. Legend has it that they also awaited their loved ones' return at the same window.


The final photo shows Roosevelt inlet which is at the end of the canal that all mariners sail out of town from.

Roosevelt Inlet the Way Mariners Leave Town

Fishing and tour boats leave the Lewes Canal via the Roosevelt Inlet.
Fishing and tour boats leave the Lewes Canal via the Roosevelt Inlet. | Source

Sites of Interest in Historic Lewes

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A marker120 Kings Highway Lewes, DE -
120 Kings Hwy, Lewes, DE 19958, USA
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Fisher-Martin House which is now the Lewes Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau information center and is next to the Zwaanendael Museum and Park.

B marker210 Savannah Rd. Lewes, DE -
210 Savannah Rd, Lewes, DE 19958, USA
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Ocean Retreat Day Spa and Hair Studio.

C markerSecond St. and Savannah Rd. Lewes, DE -
Savannah Rd & 2nd St, Lewes, DE 19958, USA
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The Buttery Restaurant and Bar.

D markerFront St. and Savannah Rd. Lewes, DE -
Savannah Rd & Front St, Lewes, DE 19958, USA
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1812 Memorial Park with view of Lewes Canal and marina.

E marker118 Front St. Lewes, DE -
118 Front St, Lewes, DE 19958, USA
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Cannonball House Marine Museum

F marker218 Second Street Lewes, DE -
218 2nd St, Lewes, DE 19958, USA
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Ryves Holt House

G marker113 Market St. Lewes, DE -
113 W Market St, Lewes, DE 19958, USA
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Half Full eating establishment that serves pizza and wine.

H marker134 Market St. Lewes, DE -
134 W Market St, Lewes, DE 19958, USA
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Gilligan's Waterfront Restaurant and Bar has fine coastal dining overlooking the canal.

I markerShipcarpenter and Front St. Lewes, DE -
Front St & Shipcarpenter St, Lewes, DE 19958, USA
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Lightship Overfalls and U.S. Life-saving station.

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AEvans 5 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

I did not know Delaware was so breathtaking! Thanks for the tour and now it makes me hope to one day take a trip to those beautiful shores. :)


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi AEvans,

I didn't fully appreciate how beautiful southern Delaware was until my husband and I moved here a decade ago. We're a half hour from Lewes and Rehoboth beaches and no matter how many times I visit those towns I still feel a thrill of excitement and much gratitude to be living in such a beautiful area. Just an afternoon at the beach feels as rejuvenating as a week long vacation!

Thanks so much for taking my pictorial tour and I hope you do get a chance to visit someday.


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anjperez 5 years ago

thanks for the tour. great pictures!


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Welcome Anjperez and thanks for the kind words. So glad you enjoyed your tour. I appreciate you taking time to leave a comment.


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

That is a gorgeous town. I love those dolls waving from the window, too cute! You really are a great photographer. Your "eye" is perfect. I also love the ships. I WILL be visiting one day.


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Rosemay50 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

You have shown us around a lovely town. Fabulous photos, just amazing.

Thank you for this tour... :-)


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

Wow! I am going to have to seriously check out how far you are from me! Next summer...

I think you should consider a new career, Gail-that of historic tour guide. This is so interesting and the explanation and photos are outstanding! I voted up and across, minus 'funny'. Beautiful job-Best to you in the contest. :)


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Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

I just loved these beautiful pictures. You have arranged hub capsules very nicely. I will surely try this kind of pattern.


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vicki goodwin 5 years ago from Winchester Kentucky

That is one of the most colorful towns I have seen. I want to visit Delaware now! There is so much beauty and history there. Thank you for a great hub!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon

I used to date a girl that lived in Bear, Delaware. As a history buff, Delware is one of my favorite places to visit! Thanks for sharing!


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annmackiemiller 5 years ago from Bingley Yorkshire England

Beautiful! I really enjoyed my visit - thanks for sharing - voted up and stuff and I shall tweet it

Annie


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Hyphenbird,

Thanks so much for the kind words. They're greatly appreciated. I definitely think this would be your kind of town, especially in fall or spring when it becomes quiet again. It has a delightful small town feel to it and despite the many shops, feels like a throw back to a simpler era. During summer you can take a sunset cruise through the canal and out into the channel and circle around several lighthouses. Most likely you'll see dolphins swimming beside the tour boat. Can't even begin to describe how exhilerating those 1 1/2 hour cruises are but for a $20 ticket you'll feel like a millionaire cruising past the yachts and mansions that line the canal!

And just a mile from the historic district, you can visit Cape Henlopen State Park where the ocean beaches are fabulous and the wildlife is abundant. I'm sure you'd love it and so would the kids.

Hope you do make it for a visit.


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Denise,

Depending on where you live in N. Carolina it probably takes 6 to 9 hours to get here. When I go to the Outer Banks it's 6 hours.

I'm sure you'd love it here. I get rejuvenated just spending an afternoon in Lewes or Rehoboth and feel like I've had a week's vacation. The cool thing is that you can find quiet spots off the beaten path or stay in town where all the action is.

So hope you make it up here.

Thanks for the vote up and good luck to you in the contest. Loved your grandkids pictorial.


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Rosemay,

I apologize for this answer being out of sequence. I didn't scroll up high enough when I wrote the previous answer.

Am so glad you enjoyed the tour even though you're now living on the other side of the ocean. I really appreciate your comments and ongoing support and you know I love your own hubs. It's nice swapping stories and photos from places that are far away. We can revel in cultural differences and expose ourselves to new things without ever leaving our keyboards.


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Vinaya Ghimire,

So glad you enjoyed it and I appreciate you taking time to view my hub and leave a comment.


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Welcome Vicki Goodwin,

Thanks so much for the feedback. Your reaction was the exact response I was trying to elicit from those who view this hub. I love the beach communities of Delaware and since we are one of the oldest states the area abounds with history and particularly in Lewes, the local historical society has done an amazing job of preserving and showcasing that history.


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Welcome PDXKaraokeGuy,

I agree that Delaware has lots of historical places to visit. I've focused on southern Delaware but need to explore the northern region more.

Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. It's greatly appreciated.


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Annmackiemiller,

So thrilled that you liked the pictorial and appreciate the vote up and the fact that you found it worthy of tweeting. Thanks so much and good luck in the contest.


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mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

What a quaint town and the tour was very special. The photographs brought such a sense of being in the town and enjoying the shops. Expect a visit from the Chamber of Commerce. I enjoyed this.


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Mckbirdbks,

As usual, your delightful and witty comment made me smile and chuckle. So glad you enjoyed the hub.

I read Movie Master's interview of you in the Hub Pages Weekly newsletter and loved it! Hope you have a great day and thanks for stopping by.


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Melovy 5 years ago from UK

Quite apart from the fact your photos are gorgeous - I particularly like the doors - I am hugely impressed at the layout of this hub. It must have taken you hours to upload and arrange all those photos. Amazing.


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marcoujor 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Dear Gail,

I have an odd request... I am currently teaching a Community Nursing course where my ladies have to conduct a Windshield Assessment of a Community.

Some of them are a bit baffled and I relate it to a full body assessment... YOU, are a natural, "as evidenced by" this amazing review of Lewes and would be graded an A+ (in Hub language, an UP and UABI...)! As such, would I have your permission to share this with my students?

You are doing amazing photography with interesting information for us all, mar.


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Dolores Monet 5 years ago from East Coast, United States

Hi, Happy - it's been way too long since I've been to Lewes. I had forgotten how old and beautiful it was. Your pictures are beautiful and make me want to visit the lovely town again. Voted up! Finally, a travel hub of a place that I can easily visit!


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cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

Gail, each time I read your hubs about the East Coast it makes me want to jump in the car and start driving. One of these days I will most definitely make it out that way. Your pictures are incredible. Thanks for sharing this journey.


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mary615 5 years ago from Florida

I am an "armchair" traveler (not by choice), and this is one place I'd like to travel to. I loved looking at your beautiful photos, too. I've never been to Delaware. Voted this one Up, etc.


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Mar,

I would be thrilled if you'd share it with your students! Of course if this had been a true Windshield Assessment I would have included photos of Beebe Hospital and an interview with the DON and asked her about the hospital's efforts to reach out to the community. I might also interview the head of the cardiology department because the hospital has updated and expanded the cardiology unit so that patients no longer have to be transferred upstate to Christiana Hospital.

Thanks for the A+ grade. I really got a kick out of seeing that wonderful mark!

I also appreciate the HubLand vote up.


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MobyWho 5 years ago from Burlington VT

After reading (and viewing) your delightful Hub, I only regret we never spent time wandering through Lewes - always on the way from here to there (VT to FL). We took this route because having spent many years plying the Delaware from the C&D canal to Cape May, we decided to take our motorhome on the Lewes Ferry (it just fit). We now enjoy watching the Cape Henlopen going in and out of New London harbor on its way to Orient Point - highlight of our day since age has clipped out wings and wheels. Thanks for an exceptional Hub!


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Melovy,

Thanks so much for the acknowledgement of how much work it took to put this together- you were right on target, partly because I used so many photos but also because I wasn't used to doing "thumbnail" lay-outs. And several times I got a grouping just the way I wanted but a Hub Page error message showed up at the end and I had to start the group all over again! But I had so much fun taking the pictures and was pleased with the final product so it was worth all the time I put into it.

Am so thrilled that you liked it! Thanks so much for all your support and encouragement. I always look forward to your comments.


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marcoujor 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

OK, you've wrangled an A++ out of me, as you had no way of knowing that my students also have to include two interviews as part of their project/ presentations! It's always so cool to hear great things about the medical system in our communities.

Thanks for letting me share this information and comments with them! It will also help them to relax a bit and have some fun with the assignment.

In reading your above comment, I can only imagine the time and care you put into these gorgeous photgraphic hubs. Your effort definitely shows, Gail.


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Dolores Monet,

Am so glad you liked it and hope you do get back for another visit. Some annual events you might enjoy (because I know from your hubs that you love flowers and antiques)include the Garden Tour which is a weekend in June when a group of private homes open their gardens to the public and the Historic Society's Annual Antique Show. You should be able to find out information about all events through the Lewes Chamber of Commerce.

Thank you for your lovely comment. It's greatly appreciated.


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Oh Mar, you're cracking me up! Double A+, how I wish I had an instructor like you when I was going through nursing school! But you're right- I didn't know you would require 2 interviews. In regards to Beebe Hospital, hubby directly benefited from the new cardiac care unit when he had his last stent. His doctor was so proud of the unit that he gave me a personal tour and explained all the new equipment. Definitely state of the art!


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Cardelean,

So thrilled you liked the hub. Alex and Grace would love it- especially if your Mom drove up and joined you. I really enjoyed the hub that she did about all her grandkids. Hey, maybe you could co-ordinate with your sister and surprise your Mom by having all the grand-kids in Delaware at the same time.


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Mary,

Glad you enjoyed your arm chair trip. Many people don't know much about Delaware. The entire state is only 120 miles long and at its widest point only 34 miles across but we are blessed with a wonderful coastline.

Thanks for taking time to read my hub and for the vote up.


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Welcome MobyWho,

Thanks so much for leaving such a lovely comment.

I've only lived in Delaware for a decade and before that I lived in New York State and husband, son and I would take the Cape May Lewes Ferry every year enroute to our Outer Banks, NC annual vacations. Like you and your family, we would just drive through Lewes following signs toward the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. Once we moved here I realized how much we'd missed by not stopping to explore Lewes. Hopefully, others reading this hub won't make the same mistake we did. Even if they only have time for lunch or dinner in Lewes it's a great place to stop at.


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stephaniedas 5 years ago from Miami, US

I worked in Lewes for 3 months! You did a great job! I love the bay beach there! You really captured a special little town here.


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Stephaniedas,

Thanks for stopping by and leaving such a great comment. It's nice having someone who's familiar with the area give me positive feedback on the hub. Glad you think I captured the essence of this special little town. I don't live there but I visit as often as I can and never tire of it.


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b. Malin 5 years ago

A few years ago we took the "Cape May Lewes Ferry" over to Delaware, from the Jersey Shore. We had a Great time, but certainly didn't get to see Everything. But after reading your Wonderful Hub with such Great Pictures, I am Bookmarking this Hub Gail, for next Summer... We will be back to do it all in Style, thanks to your Fabulous Hub! I can also feel the LOVE that YOU feel for Historic Lewes Delaware,


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Danette Watt 5 years ago from Illinois

Well, if Cara and her mom and sister plus the gaggle of kids make it up to Delaware, I'm coming too! It would be a lot of fun. Seriously, you take great photos Gail. Have you always been interested in photography?


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi b. Malin,

Maybe you could interview some of the Ghosts of Lewes. I bet you could make a really interesting hub about the spirits of this historic town! (smile)

You are right about my loving this area and I'm so glad to hear your feedback that my love for it came through in the hub and photos.

Thanks so much for the sweet comment.


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Danette,

Oh that would be so cool having you all in Delaware!

My interest in photography started about 20 years ago when hubby and I took a 4 week class together. It used to be really expensive to develop the photos though so for the most part we only took photos during vacations or family events.

But uploading digital photos and cropping them to make hubs has renewed my interest and I'm really loving the freedom to take lots of shots without worrying about cost. Thanks for the encouraging words. They really mean a lot to me.


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BobbiRant 5 years ago from New York

This is absolutely wonderful I want to pack my bags Today and visit this beautiful place. You did it justice, enjoyed the write and enjoyed the pictures very much. Lovely hub!


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Bobbi,

I'm so thrilled to see you here and that you liked the hub and photos. I think you and Steve would love exploring the area. And after you finished touring the historic section you could drive 2 miles and enjoy nature at Cape Henlopen State Park.

Thanks for stopping by for a cyber visit and for the lovely comment. It's greatly appreciated.


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Brigitte Thompson 5 years ago from Austin, TX

lovely Hub! The photo's are breathtaking!


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Welcome Brigitte Thompson,

So glad you liked the hub and photos. I appreciate you taking time to leave a comment.


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia

Voted up and all across but funny. HBN, you really put in some work on this article and the layout was great. The tour was fantastic and your article was a blast. There is a lot of useful information here and it is a great all around hub. Keep up the goof work:)


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Lyricwriter,

So glad you enjoyed the tour and photos and I really appreciate your support. Your comments and feedback mean a lot to me and really brightened my day.


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akirchner 5 years ago from Central Oregon

Okay, Gail - I can see I definitely need to take a trip east - something I have ALWAYS wanted to do anyhow. The buildings are a photographer's dream come true. You captured them so well I feel like I might have a dream about them tonight and strolling down the sunny streets!

I need you to go to that peddler shop though and buy me that beautiful wreath...or if it's not for sale...just tell them the check's in the mail and send it to me. That is so beautiful! I also love that bicycle on the outside of the building....what lovely things.

And now I want to go to the Buttery....how come I can't have a Buttery Restaurant in my town? The name just makes me hungry.

Thank you so much for the tour - it makes me long to take a trip. I need to sell my house, buy a very BIG motorhome and travel to all the places I dream of seeing, this included. Only problem is I'd have to win the lottery to afford the gas!

Wonderful entry - good luck in the contest!


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A.A. Zavala 5 years ago from Texas

Another beautiful Deleware hub. I got to visit. And congratulations on you 100 score!


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ubanichijioke 5 years ago from Lagos

Wow! This pictorial tour was wonderful and amazing. Awesome!


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Audrey,

Hope you do have a dream about walking among these buildings. You have great, creative dreams and it would be really interesting to see how Lewes would look from within your dream. (smile).

You picked two of my favorites- the colorful Peddler Shop and the antique bike. You would so love taking photos here! And the wildlife abounds along the canal. Plus this time of year the Delaware beaches are right in the middle of the north south migration fly zone for many birds.

You have such a great sense of humor and your comments made me smile. Yes, the Buttery is yummy and unique and I can also vividly imagine you touring the country in an RV writing vivid tales about your adventures, making us laugh at any mishaps along the way and oooh and ahhhh over stunning photographs.

So glad to see you on Hub Pages again and just in time for the contest. You have been missed and it's great to see you writing again. Loved your short story, The Affair.


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi A.A.,

So glad you enjoyed the hub. You'd love the Delaware Beaches!

Your acknowledgement of the hubber score made me laugh. As soon as I wrote my first comment this morning it dropped back down! Should have taken a picture instead of doing some hubbing! (smile).

Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. Your support means a lot to me.


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Welcome Ubanichijioke,

So glad you enjoyed it and I appreciate the tremendous support you've given me by reading and commenting on so many of my hubs. And I also love following your work.


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Peggy W 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

Oh my gosh, this town of Lewes, Delaware is so very beautiful! Thanks for taking all of those wonderful photographs and explaining in detail some of the things that await visitors. Would love to see this in person someday and will bookmark this. This should definitely be a contest winner! All votes up except funny. Best wishes Gail.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon

Thre's a really cool graveyard in bear, delaware.


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Peggy,

Am thrilled that you enjoyed it so much and greatly appreciate your support and kind words.

We share our love of travel, beautiful places and nature and it's so nice to be able to learn of possible new destinations from each other. You would definitely love Lewes. Flowers abound, especially in summer when they look like they're being fed steroids in the water! They bloom so large and lush.

Thanks for the votes up.


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi PDXKaraokeGuy,

I shall have to check that out. Thanks for the tip and for taking time to read my hub.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon

Thanks for writing it!


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Is that the New Castle County Cemetery on Chesapeake City Rd. in Bear?


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon

It could be. I haven't been there in a few years. I do know there's a big statue of William Penn nearby


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi PDX,

Thanks, that should help.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon

Let me know when you find out. I'm curious mahself!


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi PDX,

Will do.


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Sharyn's Slant 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

WOW HBN,

This is only the second hub I've read about Delaware and I just may need to visit. Your writing and photography is awesome. Really, really nice work!

Sharyn


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Sharyn,

So thrilled that you liked it. If you love the ocean, historic buildings, shopping and great food you'd love Lewes and the other beaches of Southern Delaware.

Thanks so much for leaving feedback. It's greatly appreciated.


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

You need to be working for a travel agency! I have never been to Delaware but now I want to go. That's the sign of a great piece of writing...and the pictures were spectacular!


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Billybuc,

I'm so glad you enjoyed it and hope you do get a chance to visit someday. It's the kind of place that makes you feel good just walking through town.

Thanks so much for the kind words, they're greatly appreciated.

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