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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Lewes, Delaware

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1Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — 155mm Gun — This Gun: M114A2 Howitzer — Original Ft. Miles Gun: Model 1918-M-1 —
Guns such as these were used as field artillery. There were four 155mm guns placed at Fort Miles and four more placed across the Delaware Bay at Cape May, NJ to limit access to the bay. The concrete pads the were placed on were called "Panama . . . Map (db m150111) HM
2Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — 16-inch Gun — Coastal Defense Giant
When Fort Miles was completed, its two 16-inch guns were some of the largest artillery ever engineered by the United States and were placed here to defend the coastline from enemy battleships. This particular gun barrel is Barrel 371, . . . Map (db m150114) HM
3Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — 326 West Third Street
• James Beebe purchased this property in 1838 from George Julius of Philadelphia, PA. James later sold it to George Beebe, who in turn sold it to Clarence Beebe. • Some time between the years 1868 - 1891, this house was built, and in 1894 . . . Map (db m190353) HM
4Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — 3-Inch Gun — This Gun: 3-inch Deck Gun Mod. 1944 MK22 — The Original Ft. Miles Gun: Model 1903 —
This gun is known as a 3"/50, which specifies diameter of the gun's bore and it's caliber. The 3-inch guns that were placed at Fort Miles were mounted on a pedestal to allow them to be easily aimed and follow the target. Throughout their use, . . . Map (db m150104) HM
5Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — 6-inch Gun — This Gun: Mod. 1905 Mk D — The Original Ft. Miles Gun: Model 1903-A-2 —
The gun before you is a 6-inch pedestal-mounted deck gun. This gun could fire two types of rounds, a 105-lb. armor-piercing round and a 90 lb. high-explosive round. The model 1903-A2 guns that were at Fort Miles would have been mounted on . . . Map (db m150115) HM
6Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — 8-inch Gun — This Gun: Mark XXII Model II — Original Ft. Miles Gun: Model MXVI Mod.3A 11 —
The 8-inch guns placed at Fort Miles were each mounted on a railcar, making the large guns very mobile and easy to position for firing. The gun was able to turn in a 360° circle at an elevation of 45°. This made them difficult targets for enemy . . . Map (db m150112) HM
7Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — A History of the Junction & Breakwater Railroad
All Aboard! Chartered in 1857, the Junction & Breakwater Railroad (J&BRR) ran the 38 miles from a junction with the Delaware Railroad in Harrington to the Delaware Breakwater in Lewes. The portion of the line from Georgetown to Lewes opened . . . Map (db m190364) HM
8Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — A History of the Junction & Breakwater Railroad
All Aboard! Chartered in 1857, the Junction & Breakwater Railroad (J&BRR) ran the 38 miles from a junction with the Delaware Railroad in Harrington to the Delaware Breakwater in Lewes. The portion of the line from Georgetown to Lewes opened . . . Map (db m190427) HM
9Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — Aircraft Warning System — Civilian volunteers monitor the skies
From the end of World War I until the beginning of World War II, advances in design and engineering led to advances in aircraft and military transportation in general. This progress created more versatile vessels such as aircraft carriers and . . . Map (db m150107) HM
10Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — SC-251 — Beebe Hospital
In 1916, two brothers, Drs. James Beebe, Sr. and Richard C. Beebe, had a shared vision to bring modern-day medicine to Southern Delaware. The Beebe brothers started the first hospital in Sussex County on Savannah Road in Lewes. The hospital began as . . . Map (db m190352) HM
11Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — Breakwaters — Lewes Maritime History Trail
Two massive breakwaters shield Lewes Harbor from the punishing seas where Delaware Bay and the Atlantic Ocean meet. They create an 800-acre anchorage that is nearly empty now, but in the early 1900s it was capable of sheltering 1,000 vessels from . . . Map (db m39380) HM
12Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — 5 — Burton-Ingram House
c.1800. Contains hand-hewn timbers, cypress shingles, fine stairway, interior and exterior moulding. Cellar walls are made of sailing-ship ballast stones and brick. Moved & restored in 1962 by the Lewes Historical Society.Map (db m113692) HM
13Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — Burton-Ingram House Addition
Late 18th century house which replaces original wing burnt in 1922. Donated by the Town of Milton in 1965. Moved and restored by the Lewes Historical Society.Map (db m113693) HM
14Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — Cape May - Lewes Ferry
Honorable Christopher J. Christie, Governor of New Jersey Honorable Jack A Markwell, Governor of Delaware

Celebrating the Cap May-Lewes Ferry's 50 years of continuous service and to the men and women who have volunteered their time, skill . . . Map (db m176162) HM
15Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — Captain Chambers Chance
Originally built in Pilottown c. 1800, one of the few remaining Dutch-styled homes typical of 18th c. Lewes. Named for George Peter Chambers, renowned sea captain and early resident.Map (db m190355) HM
16Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — SC-240 — Cool Spring Presbyterian Church
Named for the river branch which runs along its northwest edge, Cool Spring Presbyterian Church was established circa 1726. Many of its members were Ulster Scots who had come to America from Ireland seeking religious freedom and economic . . . Map (db m150096) HM
17Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — Cool Spring Station — The Junction & Breakwater Railroad
Established in 1870, the Cool Spring Station operated as a freight stop on the Junction & Breakwater Railroad (J&BRR) at the northeast corner of the present-day intersection of Cool Spring Road and Lewes Georgetown Highway. During the late . . . Map (db m190425) HM
18Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — SC-219 — David Hall House
This house was the home of Colonel David Hall (1752-1817), patriot of the Revolution and Governor of Delaware. Devoted to the struggle for American Independence, he enlisted in the Continental Army in 1776 and was commissioned as a Captain in . . . Map (db m38011) HM
19Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — SC-185 — Delaware Breakwater East End Lighthouse
Located on the eastern end of the Delaware Breakwater, this brown conical structure was built in 1885. The tower is composed of four tiers of cast iron plates lined with two feet of brick. It is twenty-two feet in diameter at the base and is set . . . Map (db m39378) HM
20Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — Delaware Breakwater Quarantine Station — 1884-1926
Many of the European immigrants who came to this country at the end of the nineteenth century brought with them a variety of epidemic diseases including cholera, typhus, smallpox and bubonic plague. This posed a serious threat to urban areas such as . . . Map (db m39387) HM
21Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — Delaware Pilots — Lewes Maritime History Trail
Marine pilots know the shoals, lumps, and ledges of the Delaware intimately. They know the bends of the dredged channel, the characteristics of every lighthouse and range light, and the location of wrecks. They understand tides and currents and the . . . Map (db m39379) HM
22Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — Delaware’s Beachnesters
Each spring, upon arrival from their Central and South American wintering grounds, Delaware beachnesters establish colonies and take part in courtship rituals. The birds lay their eggs in shallow nests scraped into the sand mostly between the dunes . . . Map (db m94322) HM
23Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — deVries Monument — Dutch Settlement of Delaware —
Erected By The State of Delaware To Commemorate The Settlement On This Spot, Of The First Dutch Colony, Under De Vries, A.D. 1631. Here was the cradling of a state. "That Delaware exists as a separate Commonwealth is due to . . . Map (db m37400) HM
24Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — Dodds Corner
Serving Lewes with a general store and its harbor as ship chandlers, the Dodd family occupied this site from the latter part of the 18th Century until it was acquired in 1929 by Benjamin Ableman of Georgetown from one Joseph Frank Dodd, the . . . Map (db m37099) HM
25Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — Fisherman's Cottage — (circa 1720)
Built on the banks of the Lewes Canal, this original cottage has a corner fireplace, floor timbers made from salvaged shipwrecks, and an original, and an original cypress shingle exterior. Also, much of the interior is original. Likely a . . . Map (db m190354) HM
26Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — Fort Miles Artillery Park — Recalling the guns that protected our coast
The guns in this park serve as representations of the artillery that was here throughout Fort Miles' World War II years; these are not the actual guns and not the same models as the guns that were placed here. Fort Miles was part of the . . . Map (db m150109) HM
27Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — Fort Miles Historical Area — Battery 519 Cantonment
This small group of buildings, or cantonment, provided living space and necessary services for the troops assigned to operate the guns of Fort Miles. Concrete barracks were more comfortable than the canvas and wood structures that were . . . Map (db m150102) HM
28Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — Fort Miles Historical Area — Buildings
The troops stationed here during World War II were part of the nation's coastal defense system that protected the mouth of the Delaware Bay and industries located up the Delaware River. Later the U.S. Army used the area as a recreation center . . . Map (db m150103) HM
29Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — Fort Miles in World War II — Welcome to Fort Miles Historic Area
Just before World War II, the U.S. War Department began upgrades of the harbor defenses that protect the Delaware Bay. They built new fortifications here at Cape Henlopen that became known as Fort Miles. The fort grew as the members of the . . . Map (db m150101) HM
30Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — Frederick E. Hudson — November 29, 1923 - February 18, 2008 — "Fred" —
Born in Ocean View, Delaware, Fred attended Lord Baltimore School and with his friends often explored the natural and historic scenery of Old Sussex. Fred proudly served his country in World War II in the U.S. Army 1059th Signal Company Service . . . Map (db m113697) HM
31Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — German Submarine at Cape Henlopen — The Surrender of U-858
On May 14, 1945, the officers and crew of the German submarine, U-858 gave themselves up to U.S. Marines after hearing of Germany's surrender to Allied troops. They and their vessel were escorted here to the Fort Miles Army dock. Crew members were . . . Map (db m39382) HM
32Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — H.M. Brig DeBraak
On May 25, 1798 at 4:00 pm, H.M. Brig DeBraak capsized and sank off the coast of Cape Henlopen, Delaware during a sudden squall. This memorial honors the thirty-three members of the eighty-five man crew who were lost at sea. James . . . Map (db m38436) HM
33Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — Harbeson Railroad Station Privy — c. 1870
Established c. 1870 as Broadkin Station, the Harbeson Railroad Station served first the Junction & Breakwater and later the Pennsylvania Railroads as a passenger depot for nearly sixty years. After that time, the station continued to serve as a . . . Map (db m113696) HM
34Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — SC-186 — Harbor of Refuge Lighthouse
A temporary light was established on the south end of the recently completed National Harbor of Refuge Breakwater on January 1, 1902. It was replaced in 1908 by a three-story frame lighthouse. A series of storms damaged the structure, resulting in . . . Map (db m39374) HM
35Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — SC 180 — Hiram Rodney Burton House
The land upon which this house now stands was acquired in 1675 by Helmanus Wiltbank, a prominent early resident and property owner of Lewes. The oldest portion of the present structure is believed to have been constructed by Cornelius Wiltbank . . . Map (db m48936) HM
36Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — SC-204 — Home of Major Henry Fisher — Hero of the American Revolution
A native and lifelong resident of this community, Henry Fisher (1735-1792) was one of Delaware's foremost leaders in the struggle for American Independence. His prominence as a skilled pilot and his firm support of the Patriot cause resulted in his . . . Map (db m39377) HM
37Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — SC-271 — Israel United Methodist Church
In 1840, Israel United Methodist Church formed in the Belltown community west of Lewes. Israel established a cemetery in 1854 and formally incorporated in 1877. The congregation rebuilt the church in 1890 and again in 1916. Over time, the 1916 . . . Map (db m139574) HM
38Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — John Penrose Virden
John Penrose Virden, Delaware River Pilot, built this house in 1888. He was a co-founder & the first President of the Pilots Association. Virden died in 1934 and is buried across the street in St. Peters Cemetery.Map (db m49591) HM
39Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — Last Lewes Pilot Skiff
Used to take Del. Bay and River Pilots from pilot boat Philadelphia and pilot boat Delaware to and from ships in Del. Bay before World War II Rowed by 4 apprentice pilots Built by Dave Watson Lewes Master Small Boat . . . Map (db m114550) HM
40Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — Lewes — Zwaanendael
On north side of town was Zwaanendael, first Dutch settlement on Delaware soil. Founded 1631 on creek, named by settlers Hoorn Kil in honor of town of Hoorn in Holland. Colony was destroyed by Indians same year. DeVries, a director of company which . . . Map (db m19407) HM
41Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — Lewes
The Dutch in 1673 established a court in Hoorn Kil for the inhabitants “on the east and west sides of Cape Henlopen unto Bomties (Bombay) Hook.” Governor Andros of New York in 1676 established an English court at Whorekill, the . . . Map (db m19408) HM
42Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — Lewes
Here lived Ryves Holt, colonial chief justice; and four governors, David Hall, who commanded a Delaware regiment in the Revolution, Daniel Rodney and Caleb Rodney, sons of John Rodney, and Ebe W. Tunnell; also Colonel Henry Fisher, Revolutionary . . . Map (db m19409) HM
43Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — S-31 — Lewes
Under orders from Peter Stuyvesant the Dutch erected Fort At Hoorn Kil (Lewes Creek) 1659 but were soon dispossessed by the Marylanders. Here was also a communistic settlement established in 1662 by Mennonites from Holland under Peter Cornelis . . . Map (db m38194) HM
44Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — S-31 — Lewes
Under orders from Peter Stuyvesant the Dutch erected Fort at Hoorn Kil (Lewes Creek) 1659 but were soon dispossessed by the Marylanders. Here was also a communistic settlement established in 1662 by Mennonites from Holland under Peter Cornelius . . . Map (db m152856) HM
45Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — SC-157 — Lewes Presbyterian Church
The origin of this church can be traced to the earliest days of Presbyterianism in America. A congregation was established here in 1692 under the leadership of the Reverend Samuel Davis. The steady flow of immigrants from Scotland and Ireland . . . Map (db m38573) HM
46Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — Lewes-Rehoboth Canal
The Lewes-Rehoboth Canal connecting Rehoboth Bay and Delaware Bay was authorized by the U.S. River and Harbor Act of 1912. Initially, the canal was envisioned as a means of access to the sea for farmers and saw mills along the Indian River and Bay. . . . Map (db m19307) HM
47Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — Life Saving Station — Lewes Maritime History Trail
The United States Life Saving Service (U.S.L.S.S.) was commissioned to rescue shipwrecked mariners along our nation's coast. Established in 1876 and 1884, respectively, the Cape Henlopen and Lewes stations worked together to save thousands of . . . Map (db m38472) HM
48Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — Lighthouses — Lewes Maritime History Trail
Lighthouses Two of the many lighthouses that have guided mariners on Delaware Bay for nearly 250 years can be seen from Lewes beach. The rust-colored Delaware Breakwater East End Lighthouse was built in 1885. It replaced an earlier . . . Map (db m38524) HM
49Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — SC-175 — Lightship Overfalls
Responsible for establishing aids for the navigation of our nation’s waterways, the United States government Initiated the use of manned lightships or “floating lighthouses" in 1820. These vessels addressed many needs. They could be placed in . . . Map (db m19312) HM
50Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — SC- 138 — Maull House
This house is believed to have been built by Samuel Paynter, a carpenter who purchased this property in 1737. Following its completion, the house and surrounding land was sold in 1741 to Luke Shields, a prominent bay and river pilot. . . . Map (db m48920) HM
51Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — Menhaden Fisheries — Lewes Maritime History Trail
Menhaden, a small bony, oily fish was pursued not to be eaten but to be pressed for its oil and ground into fertilizer. Lewes' fisheries began in 1883 and reached their zenith in 1953 when the docks at Lewes strained unde the weight on . . . Map (db m38820) HM
52Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — SC-214 — Menhaden Fishing Industry
The Atlantic Menhaden is a small herring-like fish found in the coastal waters of the Eastern United States. Used by Native Americans to fertilize crops, these oily fish were also used by European settlers to produce fuel for lamps. In the mid-19th . . . Map (db m19428) HM
53Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — Milk House
Donated by Mr. & Mrs. Byron Pepper of Georgetown, Delaware Typical building of farms of the 19 and early 20 centuryMap (db m113694) HM
54Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — Nassau Station — The Junction & Breakwater Railroad
Next Stop: Nassau Station! The small community of Nassau grew up in this location around 1870, when the Junction & Breakwater Railroad (J&BRR) created a railroad station here. Within 20 years, Nassau contained residences, a Methodist . . . Map (db m190386) HM
55Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — Old Bethel Church
Built in 1790 as a meeting place for Methodists, this structure originally stood at third and Market Streets and consisted of one large room with an end gallery (slave box). In 1828 it was moved to Church and Mulberry Streets and enlarged to . . . Map (db m48916) HM
56Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — Old Court House
In 1680, Governor Andros authorized the erection of a court house of logs to cost 5000 pounds of tobacco. Near this wall was the second building used from 1740 to 1791, when the county seat was moved to Georgetown. The church rented building . . . Map (db m37347) HM
57Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — Otis H. Smith City Dock
In Honor of Otis H. Smith Entrepreneur, Civil Servent Mayor, City of Lewes 1950-1968 Otis H. Smith was the founder and President of Fish Products Co., one of the country's largest menhaden processing operations. During his long . . . Map (db m38597) HM
58Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — Overfalls Lightship — Lewes Maritime History Trail
The Lightship Overfalls is one of the 179 ships that served as floating lighthouses on America's three coasts and the Great Lakes between 1820 and 1985. Lightships were used where it was not feasible to build a lighthouse, possibly because . . . Map (db m38840) HM
59Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — Proof Steel — How do you test a 16-inch gun?
The piece of steel before you is a 48-inch section of armor plate that is 17.5 inches thick. The hole in it was created by a Mark 8, 16-inch armor piercing shell weighing 2,700 lbs. fired at point blank range. Firing shells at a piece of . . . Map (db m150113) HM
60Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — Quarantine Station — Lewes Maritime History Trail
In 1880, the fear that foreigners were bringing epidemic diseases to the United States led the federal government to create the National Quarantine System. Around the country, from stations like the one that was here, doctors were dispatched to . . . Map (db m39385) HM
61Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — SC-266 — Rabbit's Ferry School 201-C
Rabbit's Ferry School educated Native American and African American students of the Robinsville area from 1920-1965. Built in 1919 through Pierre S. du Pont's school rebuilding program, the school served students in grades 1-8 and later, grades 1-6. . . . Map (db m150097) HM
62Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — Ryves Holt House — Oldest Building Standing in State of Delaware
In this house lived Ryves Holt Chief Justice of “Three Lower Counties On Delaware,” 1745 to 1763 Member of Assembly of “Three Lower Counties On Delaware,” 1734-1737, 1742-1744, 1746-1755, And Speaker . . . Map (db m48877) HM
63Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — Spotter House — Hooper's Island, Maryland
Civilian volunteers of the U.S. Army Ground Observers Corps (GOC), a branch of the Aircraft Warning System (AWS) used buildings like this during World War II. The AWS used different types of buildings, including dedicated office buildings, . . . Map (db m150106) HM
64Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — SC-258 — St. George African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church and Cemetery
St. George AME church was established prior to 1880 on land donated by Peter Lewis, a free black shipbuilder and AME church delegate. Initially, congregants met at the Old Bethel Meeting House, but soon acquired a corn crib to hold services in on . . . Map (db m150098) HM
65Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — SC-202 — St. Peter's Episcopal Church
In 1680, the Justices of the County petitioned Governor Edmond Andros for the right to grant lands. Under this authority, a lot of ground at this location was reserved for “publick use.” Many of the settlers who came to this area . . . Map (db m38630) HM
66Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — Standing Guard
Built from 1939 to 1942, the 11 concrete observation towers along Delaware's coast were built to protect the shores during World War II - and to last about 20 years. They are still standing after 60 years. The towers were the eyes for the guns of . . . Map (db m39595) HM
67Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — Station Master's House
Station Master's House 342 Pilottown Road has been entered on the National Register of Historic Places as part of the Lewes Historic District by the United States Department of Interior under the provisions of the National . . . Map (db m150099) HM
68Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — Tapping the Power of Wind Energy in Coastal Delaware
The University of Delaware's 2-megawatt wind turbine generates clean power and represents an important contribution to renewable energy development in the United States. Clean Energy Using wind power reduces our use of fossil . . . Map (db m113701) HM
69Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — SC221 — The Blizzard of 1888
Known as the “Great White Hurricane,” the Blizzard of 1888 was one of the most devastating weather events in recorded history. Affecting coastal states from Virginia to Maine, this paralyzing storm resulted in widespread death and . . . Map (db m19316) HM
70Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — The Bombardment of Lewes
This stone is to commemorate the Bombardment of Lewes by the British April 6th and 7th 1813.Map (db m38633) HM
71Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — SC-167 — The Bombardment of Lewes
In March of 1813, the Royal Navy established a blockade of the Delaware Bay and River. The British squadron, under the command of Commodore John P. Beresford, RN, took up stations off Lewes and the Delaware Capes, and began to conduct raids along . . . Map (db m19308) HM
72Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — The Cannonball House
Last remaining Lewes House bearing the scar of the War of 1812. Patch on foundation shows where a cannonball struck on April 6th or 7th, in the year 1813. Restored by Lewes Historical Society.Map (db m164152) HM
73Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — SC-168 — The Cannonball House
The War of 1812 had a major impact on the town of Lewes and surrounding area. The naval blockade that was initiated by the British in March of 1813 lasted for most of the next two years. With maritime commerce limited, the local economy suffered. . . . Map (db m30358) HM
74Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — The Cape Henlopen Lighthouse — Beacon in the Night
For more than 150 years, the Cape Henlopen Lighthouse guided ships into Delaware Bay on their way to the ports of Wilmington and Philadelphia. The Cape Henlopen Lighthouse had its beginnings in 1761. Philadelphia merchants and ship owners were . . . Map (db m79167) HM
75Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — SC-230 — The Coursey-Daisey Nanticoke Indian Burial Ground
​Located within this neighborhood, a short distance south of here, is the burial ground of the Coursey and Daisey families, members of the Nanticoke Indian tribe. The graveside is unmarked except for a family tombstone noting the site. It . . . Map (db m104206) HM
76Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — The De Vries Monument
Commemorates the establishment of the first permanent European presence on the Delaware Bay 1631 In 1631, a group of settlers under David Pietersz de Vries landed near this spot to form a whale hunting station and agricultural . . . Map (db m38631) HM
77Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — The Ever Changing Cape Henlopen — Cape Henlopen, Delaware
Cape: a piece of land jutting into a body of water beyond the rest of the coast line; a headland; a promontory. Delaware's coastline is constantly changing. The daily effects of wind, tidal currents, and wave action are reshaping and redesigning the . . . Map (db m39388) HM
78Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — The Explorations of Giovanni da Verrazzano
This stone is from Castello di Verrazano, the explorer's ancestral home in Val di Greve Chianti, Italy. He was engaged by the King of France in 1524 to lead a voyage of discovery to North America aboard his ship Dauphine. That Voyage is . . . Map (db m63067) HM
79Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — The Fisher-Martin House — c. 1730
This house is an excellent example of Sussex County architecture circa 1730. It was moved to its present site in 1980 to help celebrate Lewes' 350th anniversary in 1981.Map (db m113690) HM
80Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — The Great Dune — Living Sands
You are standing on the Great Dune, the largest sand hill between Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. This is the dune's highest point, about 80 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. It took thousands of years and the actions of . . . Map (db m79166) HM
81Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — The Legacy of Ted Freeman
Theodore C. Freeman was born in Haverford, Pennsylvania on February 18, 1930. When he was fifteen months old, Ted's family moved to Lewes, Delaware. As Ted grew up, aviation became his passion. On his 16th birthday, Ted earned his pilot's . . . Map (db m114560) HM
82Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — The New Devon Inn
The New Devon Inn Has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places By the United States Department of the Interior 1926Map (db m38157) HM
83Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — The Osprey
The Osprey or Fish Hawk is found April through October in both salt and freshwater areas of the state. Almost as large as a Bald Eagle, the Osprey looks like a cross between a hawk and a gull. Osprey can spot fish from extreme heights. . . . Map (db m94323) HM
84Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — The U.S. Navy at Cape Henlopen — A Century of Service
The United States Navy's ties to Cape Henlopen spanned nearly 100 years. The Navy first came to the Cape in 1898 to build a signal tower during the Spanish American War. In the 20th century, the Navy kept a communications station he, beginning with . . . Map (db m79201) HM
85Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — The War of 1812 — Lewes Maritime History Trail
During the War of 1812, British vessels blockaded the mouth of Delaware Bay in an effort to disrupt shipping patterns and supply lines and cause economic hardship in the Mid-Atlantic. But when crews attempted to land at Lewes to replenish . . . Map (db m38598) HM
86Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — SC-161 — The Zwaanendael Club
This building was constructed in 1898 by the Sussex Trust Title and Safe Deposit Company. It was opened in October of that year, and continued to serve as the Lewes branch of the bank until being replaced by a new structure on Second Street in 1911. . . . Map (db m37396) HM
87Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — Thompson Country Store — Built at Thompsonville De. c.1800
Operated by Thompson family from 1888-1962. Moved, repaired and reopened by the Lewes Historical Society in 1963.Map (db m113695) HM
88Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — University of Delaware — Lewes Maritime History Trail
The University of Delaware (UD) has been involved with marine research since 1950, when a group of local fishermen became alarmed by drastic decline in Delaware Bay fisheries approached the Delaware General Assembly for help. The legislators . . . Map (db m113700) HM
89Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — Unknown Sailors' Cemetery
Lewes has been a Port-of-Call and a Harbor-of-Refuge since the 17th century. For generations during the ages of sail, a public burial ground in this immediate locality became the final resting place for hundred of sailors who lost their lives and . . . Map (db m176163) HM
90Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — 50 — Votes for Women — Road to the 19th Amendment — National Votes for Women Trail —
Leah Burton, 1878-1968. State & Sussex Co. organizer and advocate for women's right to vote, 1915-1920. Lived here until 1920.Map (db m190356) HM
91Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — William J. Hopkins — Delaware State Parks — Pioneer of Preservation —
When Bill Hopkins came to Delaware in 1964 as the first superintendent for Cape Henlopen State Park, he brought with him a vision that would shape preservation in the state for years to come. For more than forty years he has been a driving force . . . Map (db m150116) HM
92Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — World Wars I and II Memorial
In honor of those who made the supreme sacrifice and of those who served in World Wars I and II. They have fought, "to safeguard and transmit to posterity the principles of justice, freedom and democracy."Map (db m113689) WM
93Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — Zwaanendael House
A memorial of the first settlement in Delaware by the Dutch, on Lewes Creek A.D. 1631Map (db m63578) HM
Jan. 28, 2022