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Winter 2014 at Cannonball House & Ryves Holt House

It is the perfect time of year to come to Lewes to enjoy The Lewes Historical Society’s Cannonball House Maritime Museum and Ryves Holt House Museum Gift Shop.  January presents new winter hours for both buildings.  Through March 31, the Cannonball House Maritime Museum will be open on Sundays from 12:00pm to 3:00pm and Mondays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 11:00am to 4:00pm.  The Ryves Holt House will be open Sundays, Mondays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 11:00am to 4:00pm.

Struck by a cannonball during the War of 1812, the Cannonball House has become a symbol not only the Society, but also of the town of Lewes.  Prior to The Lewes Historical Society purchasing the then called “Rowland House” in 1963, the now “Cannonball House” served a variety of functions including a sundries store, the mayor’s office, a sandwich shop, a restaurant, and laundry.  It was also the home of Pilot Gilbert McCracken and Pilot David Rowland, both of the Bay & River Delaware.  It is now home to the Society’s impressive collection of maritime artifacts and continues to carry a long relationship with the sea.  Artifacts tell of Lewes’s storied past, including nationally recognized pieces of the collection such as the Fourth Order Frensel Lens of Fourteen Foot Bank Light in Delaware Bay.  Located at the corner of Bank Street and Front Street in historic Lewes, explore this fascinating museum. Admission is free through March 31. Donations are appreciated.

The Ryves Holt House is the oldest house in the State of Delaware, with sections of the house dating back to 1665.  It has survived pirate invasions, fires, and just under 400 years of architectural change.  The house, named for the first Chief of Justice of Delaware, now serves as The Lewes Historical Society’s Visitor Center and Museum Gift Shop.  Inside, you will find everything from regional reading to maps, cards, original artwork, prints, posters, and Lewes items. Society members are welcome to enjoy a 10% discount on all items.  A Visitors Services volunteer will be happy to give a brief history and answer any questions.  Located at the corner of Second Street and Mulberry Street in historic Lewes, The Lewes Historical Society invites you to browse through this charming Lewes landmark.

Come April, both the Cannonball House and Ryves Holt House will be open additional days, The Lewes Historical Society will offer tours of its other historic buildings at the Lewes Historic Complex and the Lewes Life-Saving Station, and entry fees will begin at the Cannonball House.  For more information on The Lewes Historical Society or its properties, please visit www.HistoricLewes.org, or call 302-645-7670.

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Images Above: Cannonball House (top); Ryves Holt House (bottom)

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