Collections

We’ve been busy collecting objects, archives, photographic images and library materials that document life in Lewes and on Lower Delaware Bay since 1962. From works of art, furnishings, papers, photographs, small wooden crafts, books and everything in between, the Society’s collections aim to be encyclopedic when it comes to “The Saltiest Town in Delaware.” The Society is Lewes’s memory: our oldest piece dates from c. 1580 and the most recent from literally yesterday; our goal is really to record and remember as much as we can.

This site is the access point to our collections and databases, opening up hundreds of years of history to students, researchers and anyone interested in the First Town in the First State. Please check back often as updates and additions will be made frequently. We look forward to seeing your comments and recollections about the people and places that have made – and continue to make – Lewes the unique place it is.

Our holdings grow thanks to generous donors who continue to provide the bulk of our collections. If you have a collection – or a single item – that helps us understand, remember or appreciate even just a little bit more about old Lewestown, please consider donating it to the Society or leaving it to us in your estate plans.

To donate an item or a collection or to discuss a potential donation in confidence, please feel free to contact us at 302-645-7670 or by email.