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A Photo Tour of Historic Lewes Delaware
Historic Fisher-Martin House, c. 1730
Lewes Settlement Marker
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 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
Zwaanendael Park Fountain
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
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 DockClick thumbnail to view full-size
Ryves Holt House, c. 1665
St. Peter's Church & Cemetary
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 ComplexClick thumbnail to view full-size
Shops in the Historic District
Shops in the Historic DistrictClick thumbnail to view full-size
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 BakeryClick thumbnail to view full-size
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 HousesClick thumbnail to view full-size
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
Antique Dolls in Upstairs Window of Private House
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
Sites of Interest in Historic Lewes
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.
Ocean Retreat Day Spa and Hair Studio.
The Buttery Restaurant and Bar.
1812 Memorial Park with view of Lewes Canal and marina.
Cannonball House Marine Museum
Ryves Holt House
Half Full eating establishment that serves pizza and wine.
Gilligan's Waterfront Restaurant and Bar has fine coastal dining overlooking the canal.
Lightship Overfalls and U.S. Life-saving station.