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Lewes Historical Society

About Us

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."

The Lewes Historical Society began in 1961 as local residents identified a need to preserve Lewes' architectural heritage and for an organization to act as a steward for Lewes's past - a history that stretches back to humble Dutch origins in 1631. The Society has been recognized as one of Delaware's greatest assets and has been honored for our efforts by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and by the American Association for State & Local History. The Society celebrates the heritage of Lewes -- "The First Town in The First State!"

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    The Lewes Historical Society promotes and advocates the preservation, interpretation and cultural enrichment of the Lewes region, through museum exhibits, educational programs, historical research and publications.


    The Society is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit corporation governed by a 13-member Board of Directors.


    Members are located primarily in Lewes and Southern Delaware but can be found in the Mid Atlantic region and across the country.


    Approximately 300 annually

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    Approximately 50,000 (tours, museum admissions, programs and events)

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    Approximately $677,000 in 2018

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