Lewes in Sussex County, Delaware — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Dutch Settlement of Delaware
State of Delaware
To Commemorate The Settlement
On This Spot, Of The First
Dutch Colony, Under De Vries,
Here was the craddle of a state.
"That Delaware exists as a separate
Commonwealth is due to this colony !"
Location. 38° 47.176′ N, 75° 9.513′ W. Marker is in Lewes, Delaware, in Sussex County. Marker is on Pilottown Road (Front Street), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Located opposite St. Peter's Pilottown Road Cemetery. Marker is in this post office area: Lewes DE 19958, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The De Vries Monument (here, next to this marker); Home of Major Henry Fisher (approx. 0.2 miles away); Maull House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Hiram Rodney Burton House (approx. 1.1 miles away); Life Saving Station (approx. 1.1 miles away); Overfalls Lightship (approx. 1.1 miles away); Lightship Overfalls (approx. 1.1 miles away); The Blizzard of 1888 (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lewes.
Regarding deVries Monument.
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1. Swanendael - CapeGazette. Com, Mon, Sep 21, 2009. excerpt: ... Although the colony lasted barely a year, the claiming of the territory fostered Dutch resettlement of the lower Delaware Valley. In 1655, they would intensify settlement efforts. The South River, including the Lewes area, became a flourishing Dutch colonial area. The settlement at Lewes also included a Mennonite colony under Pieter Cornelisen Plockhoy by 1663.As a result of political, economic and military rivalries, in 1664 the English seized the Dutch holdings in New Netherland. Many Dutch settlers, however, remained and contributed to the political, social and economic development of the new English colony. (Submitted on November 4, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
2. “That Delaware Exists as a Separate Commonwealth is Due to This Colony”... Many years after the 1631 settlement of the Dutch at Zwannendael, now Lewes, there was a fateful court decision that altered the fate of our area forever. ... (Submitted on November 4, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
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