The Lewes Historical Society is offering programs geared for kids Kindergarten through 2nd grade, while school is out during Teacher Development Days including January 27th, February 17th, and March 3rd. Visit the Cannonball House Maritime Museum at 118 Front Street in Lewes for children's story time, engaging learning opportunities, and history-themed crafts, all scheduled at two sessions per day: a morning session from 10:00am-11:30am and an afternoon session from 1:00pm-2:30pm. These programs are free for all children under age 12 and only $5 per adult. Space is limited; call for reservations (302) 645-7670.
On Friday, January 27th, enjoy “Pirates & Paintings”. Join our scurvy crew with an appearance from Captain Kidd himself, a living history character! Listen to a comedic reading of the children's story, "No Pirates Allowed Said Library Lou". Become a pirate by participating in a hands-on craft activity, creating and decorating yer’ own sailor's cap to take home to continue high-seas adventures.
Friday, February 17th’s program is titled, “A Sailor’s Heart for Me”. Create your own Sailor’s Valentine. Meet living history character Mr. Gilbert McCraken, a Delaware Bay and River Pilot. Hear his tales of Lewes’s maritime past.
Friday, March 3rd is “Fun with Feathers”. Meet living history character Mrs. Susan Roland King, a former resident of the Cannonball House. Gain knowledge about local water fowl, and make your own feathered hat.
The Cannonball House Maritime Museum is significant to Lewes’s history, bearing a scar of a cannonball from the War of 1812 when the British bombarded the town in retaliation for citizens not providing supplies to troops off shore. Now open as a museum, the galleries display a history of the Pilots’ Association, shipwrecks along the coast, the rise and fall of the Cape Henlopen lighthouse, and the City’s menhaden fishing past.
For more information, call The Lewes Historical Society at 302) 645-7670, visit www.HistoricLewes.org, or email [email protected] Space is limited; call for reservations (302) 645-7670.