Family Activities:

Lewes Historical Society


Lewes Historical Society

110 Shipcarpenter Street, Lewes, DE

The historical society offers visitors several historical sites, houses, museums and tours, each filled with the rich maritime history of Lewes, Delaware. Some of the historic sites and museums include the Cannonball House, Burton-Ingram House, Lewes Life-Saving Station, Zwaanendael Museum, Old Doctor’s Office, Midway School, Blacksmith Shop, Thompson Country Store and the Ryves Holt House, which is the oldest standing building in Delaware that is still on its original foundation dating back to 1665. It’s the 50 oldest in the United States. Most of the walking tours begin at the Ryves Holt House, as well.

Visitors can wander around downtown Lewes and stop in at any of the sites and museums or take a guided tour, from which the historical society has a variety to offer. Learn more about Lewes’ lighthouses, cemeteries, ghosts, architecture, maritime history and its people on one of the walking yours, trolley tours or even a water tour on a boat or kayak. Children will definitely be entertained by the legends, tall-tales, and storytelling on any of the Lewes Historical Society tours that bring history to life.

Tour days and times vary.

Cost varies based on the tour but average about $10 for adults.

Metered, street parking surrounds downtown Lewes.