Lewes Historical Society celebrated exemplary works of preservation on April 12 with the presentation of its bi-annual Preservation Awards. Four properties and one community organization received awards.
Randy Burton of Burton Builders generously sponsored the luncheon. Burton encouraged people to be stewards of preservation. "...We have to get involved for the next generation,” he said.
Tim Slavin, Delaware’s historic preservation officer and director of the Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs, was keynote speaker. Slavin noted that "Lewes is a shining example of how historic preservation can be done in a community."
Slavin also summed up the connection between emotional ties and historic preservation. “When we lose places that are important to us, we lose something important. What are we missing that we look so hard for in the past?"
The properties recognized at the celebration included: Maggie Macintosh and Diane Stollenwerk’s restoration of St. Paul’s Methodist Church on Fourth Street; Amy Frederick and Linda Madrid’s restoration of the Groome House on Kings Highway; the Harbor of Refuge Lighthouse (Delaware River and Bay Lighthouse Fondation) and Lee Ann Wilkinson’s restoration of the 1900s duplex on Church Street. Lewes in Bloom was recognized for their work in beautifying Lewes.