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Allison Schell presents "The Land of Holly" at Lewes Lunch & Learn November 14

The Lewes Historical Society hosts presentations called “Lewes Lunch & Learns,” which include various topics relating to the history of Lewes and surrounding area. This series of presentations are led by local history buffs, heritage area experts, and museum professionals. Lectures will take place the second Friday of each month (besides December), through May, beginning at noon in the downstairs meeting room of the Hotel Rodney at the corner of Second and Market Streets. These events are free and open to the public.  Space is limited.  Seating is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. You may bring a brown bag lunch or select from a set $10 menu provided by the Rose & Crown. Upcoming programs will take place on November 14, January 9, February 13, March 13 and April 10.  Please consider joining us for these unique educational opportunities!

Lewes Lunch & Learns are sponsored by Hotel Rodney.

The next Lewes Lunch & Learn is on Friday, November 14, as Allison Schell presents "From the Land of Holly: The Wreath-Making Industry of Milton, Delaware"

Allison Schell, Director of the Milton Historical Society, will deliver a lecture on the impact of Milton’s Wreath-making Industry from 1920-1950. In 1939, holly was named the state tree of Delaware and two men could pick enough holly each day to make 450 wreaths. In 1940, a family could make up to 10,000 holly wreaths during the holiday season making up to $500. In 1951, the Holly Wreath Man company made an 11 ½ foot wide wreath that hung in Rockefeller Center in NYC for the holiday season. With the implementation of industrialized production of Christmas paraphernalia the handmade holly wreath production faded. Learn about the rise and fall of this fascinating mid-twentieth century industry and the lasting effect it had on the Coastal Delaware region. To close the lecture Milton Historical Society volunteer, Mike Wajda, will present a wreath making demonstration.

For a complete listing of Lewes Lunch & Learns, and to learn more about The Lewes Historical Society, please visit or call 302-645-7670.


Image Above:  “Pictured is William Jones, son of the founder of Jones the Holly Wreath Man Company in Milton. He is standing in front of an 11 ½ foot wide wreath that hung outside Rockefeller Center in NYC for the holiday season in 1951.  Learn more with Allison Schell on November 14, as she presents “From the Land of Holly: The Wreath-Making Industry of Milton, Delaware," at The Lewes Historical Society’s Lunch and Learn."