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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, 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.

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, to all other Lewes Historical Society properties, including the Lewes History Museum. 


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

This Exhibit is located in the Ryves Holt House Museum, 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. The town of Lewes had a dramatic 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.