Family Boat Building

From the 1600s until the mid 1800s, hundreds of vessels of all sizes were built on Lewes Creek.  Join The Lewes Historical Society as we rekindle this tradition in Lewes as part of our Family Boat Building Weekend over Fathers’ Day Weekend June 13-15, 2014.

Come support participating groups and families as they build shallow draft wooden boats called Bevin’s Skiffs, with help from The Lewes Historical Society’s Wooden Boat Crew in front of the Lewes Life-Saving Station.  At roughly 12ft long, these wooden boats are great for fishing and recreation. The Bevin’s Skiff was created to be a teaching vessel, designed to be constructed by beginning builders, and is a perfect introductory boat for families.

On Saturday, June 14 from 10:00am-4:00pm, come to The Lewes Lifesaving Station to view wooden boats made by wood boat hobbyists. Also, come to enter for the winning raffle ticket to receive a 12’ Bevin’s Skiff constructed by the Wooden Boat Crew.  The drawing will be at the final Historic Lewes Farmers Market at the end of September 2014.

After construction, the groups will launch their new handmade Bevin’s Skiffs at the Lewes Canalfront Park on Sunday around 1:00pm. Come cheer them on as they watch their boats stay afloat!

Society staff will be on hand to assist spectators in building their own paper Bevin’s Skiff models all weekend.

Due to popular demand and limited spaces, this program has reached it's maximum capacity.  Applications are no longer being accepted.

The Lewes Historical Society would like to thank the following sponsors from 2013: Dover Rent-All, The Pilots Association for the Bay & River Delaware, The Issel Family, Herring Creek Builders, West Marine, Mr. P’s Pizza, Touch of Italy, the Wooden Boat Crew Oarsmen, and The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group. Additional thanks to all the wonderful volunteers that are a part of the Wooden Boat Crew.

To become a sponsor for 2014, please call 302-645-7670.

Join The Lewes Historical Society as we rekindle the art of boat building in Lewes as part of our Family Boat Building Weekend.  Due to popular demand, applications will be accepted on a first-come first-serve basis via online application.  Space is limited to 8 groups. Click here to apply. - See more at:

Be an event or group sponsor:

Your sponsorship will underwrite the costs associated with this program and may enable a disadvantaged group to participate. A limited number of scholarships may be available to groups that qualify- contact the Society at 302-645-7670.

Small Wood Boat Show:

For the second year, The Lewes Historical Society invites interested parties who have constructed their own small wooden boats (sailing, row, canoes, kayaks, etc) to display their work during the Family Boat Building Weekend.  Show off your carpentry! We want to see your work!  For no fee, you can exhibit your boat by calling 302-645-7670 to reserve your space. Limited spaces available.

The Volunteer Crew:

Want to join the Wooden Boat Volunteer Crew?

The Wooden Boat Volunteer Crew constructs a new boat to be raffled off annually. Proceeds benefit The Lewes Historical Society.  The Volunteer Crew also prepares the materials necessary for the June Boat Build and assists groups and families on Boat Building Weekend with the assembly process.

Join the Fun!  For more information about the boat raffle or to join the Wooden Boat Volunteer Crew, contact the Society at 302-645-7670.