The Lewes Historical Society is proud to be the home of the Lewes Vintage Base Ball Club, a vintage ball club participating in the Mid-Atlantic Vintage Base Ball League and a member of the Vintage Base Ball Association. The club is sponsored by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery. They play their home matches at the University of Delaware Lewes campus near the Virden Conference Center at 700 Pilottown Road.
From Captain Kidd and the eternal rhythms of the tides to the salty courage of the Delaware pilots and the nationally-recognized architecture of our historic district - Lewes's past is colorful, unique and proud. The ancient beam of old Cape Henlopen Light still haunts the local seas and local imaginations in "Delaware's Saltiest Town."
It is the perfect time of year to come to Lewes to enjoy The Lewes Historical Society’s Cannonball House Maritime Museum and Ryves Holt House Museum Gift Shop. April presents new spring hours for both buildings. The Cannonball House Maritime Museum will be open seven days a week 11:00am-4:00pm. The Ryves Holt House Museum Gift Shop will be open every day 10:00am-5:00pm.
The Lewes Historical Society is set to honor four outstanding preservationists this year at the Lewes Historic Preservation Awards Luncheon, sponsored by Burton Builders. U.S. Senator Thomas R. Carper will offer remarks regarding the importance of historic preservation. The awards luncheon begins at 12:00pm on, Friday, April 11 at Irish Eyes Pub & Restaurant in the second floor banquet room. Tickets are $20 per person. Reservations are required by April 7, 2014 to 302-645-7670.
When Chuck Epifanio joined the University of Delaware’s College of Marine Studies in 1971, he was a junior member of the staff. Today he is the last remaining faculty member from that time period. And that is a good for him to recount the history of what has evolved into the College of Earth, Ocean and Environment.
Some 348 African-American Delawareans from the state’s three counties served on U.S. naval vessels during the Civil War, and some of their ships were built in the First State. On Friday, February 21, The Lewes Historical Society will hear the stories about black Delawareans who assisted the Union Army on inland waters, captured blockade runners from the Bahamas, and chased Confederate raiders at sea. “Sail and Steam with African-American Delawareans in the Union Navy” will be presented by African American historian Dr. Peter Dalleo. The program begins at 7:30 p.m.
Lewes History, formerly known as the Journal of The Lewes Historical Society, is an annual publication that delves into Lewes’s eventful past from prehistoric Native Americans to Lewestowners of the 20th century. The Lewes Historical Society is proud to announce the release of the 2013 Lewes History, Volume XVI.