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The Lewes Historical Society offers permanent and rotating exhibitions throughout the year in various museum locations.

Current exhibitions:

lewes majesticBreaking Britannia’s Grasp: Lewes, the Royal Navy and the Legacy of 1812, located at the Cannonball House on 118 Front Street. This permanent exhibition is the first of its kind and provides a dual interpretation of the bombardment of Lewes by a British Naval Fleet on April 6th and 7th in 1813. This family-appropriate exhibition delves into the lives of both the sailors aboard the British ships and the actions of Lewes citizens who bravely fought to defend their homes in Lewistown.

“Breaking Britannia’s Grasp” is operating on winter hours and is open to the public on Thursdays through Saturdays from 10 am to 4 pm. Admission is $5 per person (children 12 and under are free). Tickets purchased for this exhibition will also allow visitors free access, for the day, at all other Lewes Historical Society properties, including the Lewes History Museum. Tickets can be purchased at the Cannonball House located at 118 Front Street, the Ryves Holt House, the Lewes History Museum, or the LHS Museum Store and Information Center.


Boy, Man, Hero: Jacob Jones - Lewes' Own

Exhibit located in the Ryves Holt House, 218 Second Street, Lewes, DE 19958 Jacob Jones was born in Smyrna, Delaware but lived in the Ryves jacob jones smHolt House for much of his formative years, with the town of Lewes having a dramatic early impact on raising a future naval hero.

This Exhibition highlights three periods of Jones' life, with a focus on his upbringing in Lewes, his rising naval career, and the legacy of his life and service. 


Boy, Man Hero: Jacob Jones is open at the Ryves Holt House located at 218 Second Street, Lewes