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History Happy Hour: "The History of the Lewes Quarantine Station"

Friday, July 31, at 4:00pm, at Hotel Rodney: Shawn Heacock presents "The History of the Lewes Quarantine Station"

These events are free, but- new this year- a pass per person is required for admission since seating is limited. Passes are available at the Ryves Holt House Museum Gift Shop at the corner of Second and Mulberry Streets beginning at 3:00pm (an hour in advance) on lecture days.

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"The History of the Lewes Quarantine Station"

At the end of the 19th century, Lewes was the “Ellis Island” of Delaware Bay, the Delaware Breakwater Quarantine Station was part of the Marine Hospital Service and local physicians were assigned to the Quarantine.  As ships entered the bay, a small boat carrying a doctor would board the ship and examine the passengers who were entering the country as immigrants.   If a person did not pass the physical they would be detained at the Quarantine Station which was located close to where the Cape May-Lewes Ferry terminal is today. Names of those brought ashore were not recorded.  When passengers were declared healthy they then would be transferred to the port of entry.  If not, they might be returned to their country of origin. Shawn Heacock will share some of the most interesting stories from the Station’s past.


Pictured is speaker Shawn Heacock