Family Boat Building

Lewes was a shipbuilding town. 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 art in Lewes as part of Family Boat Building Weekend June 19-21, 2015.

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.

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!

Family Boatbuilding Weekend has limited room for preregistered teams. All spaces have been filled. If you would like your name placed on a secondary list in case of currently registered team cancellations, please e-mail your name and contact information to with the subject line 2015 BOAT BUILD ALTERNATES. You will receive an e-mail with an updated status if any spots have opened up by June 1st.


Become a sponsor for 2015:

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.

Please click here for a special WRDE A&E Report : The Art And History Of Boat Making.

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.