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We, at the Lewes Historical Society, are excited to share our latest online feature, Meet the Past & Lewes Legends & Landmarks.

We, at the Lewes Historical Society, are excited to share our latest online feature, Lewes Legends & Landmarks.

Legends & Landmarks discusses prominent Lewes sites and accompanying stories.

This week in Landmarks we bring you the history of the Burton Ingram House and the story behind one of the Lewes Historical Society's Historic Buildings Collections now located at the Historic Campus at 110 Shipcarpenter Street. Presented by your "neighbor" from a past era.


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Meet the Past: 1813
Roosevelt Inlet is known for its beautiful beaches and the late 18th century artifacts that wash ashore from a shipwreck, possibly the “Severn”.

Roosevelt Inlet, DE

According to Daniel Rodney’s Diary, this beach and surrounding area may also have been the location of negotiations during the War of 1812 between the British Navy and the town of Lewes.

18 March 1813, Rodney’s Diary states:

“Pilot Boat Tender came with a flag of Truce this day at 12:00 PM and were met by Cap. Davis, Cap. Rodney & Mitchel Derickson bore the Flag – on the beach Opposite Pilot Town.”

These men received a letter from Admiral Sir J. B. Beresford of the HMS Poictiers.

The series of letters would include a British threat to Lewes, which would ultimately result in a naval bombardment: “If you refuse to comply with this request, I shall be under necessity of destroying your town.”

To learn more about the events of 1813, and Lewes under British blockade, mark your calendars for our planned opening of the exhibition, 𝘽𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙠𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝘽𝙧𝙞𝙩𝙖𝙣𝙣𝙞𝙖𝙨 𝙂𝙧𝙖𝙨𝙥: Lewes, the Royal Navy and the Legacy of 1812 on Friday September 4, 2020, at the Lewes Historical Society’s Cannonball House on 118 Front Street, in downtown Lewes.



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