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Hearty in the Cause

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
110 Shipcarpenter Street, Lewes, DE
Hearty in the Cause: 1776

About Hearty in the Cause

Hearty in the Cause: 1776

The War for Independence came to Lewes’ doorstep in the spring of 1776.

In March and April of 1776, Delawareans were forced to come to terms with their changing world. Loyalties, ideals, and even family bonds were tested; lives and livelihoods were threatened; and independence was on the horizon. Sitting prominently at the mouth of Delaware Bay, Lewes was a lynchpin in the defenses of America’s most vital waterway, just 89 nautical miles from Philadelphia, where whispers of independence were taking hold among the people and their representatives in Continental Congress. The price of liberty too became frighteningly clear when ships of the British Royal Navy appeared on blockade off Cape Henlopen: Lewes was under enemy guns.


In this annual living history event, join the Lewes Historical Society as it explores the “season of independence” in 1776 Lewistown. Visit with costumed living historians as they recreate the personalities and experiences of everyday people reckoning with extraordinary times: hear the talk around town, see trades and crafts in practice, and get hands-on with history!

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 6, and Sunday, April 7, 2024

Where: Lewes Historical Society Shipcarpenter Street Campus (110 Shipcarpenter St.) in Lewes, DE

Admission: $5.00 at the gate, supporting the Society’s mission of promoting and sharing Lewes’ storied past.