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Living History in Residence PhotoLewistown Living History

Join our historic interpreters and immerse yourself in the daily life of Lewes during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Every Friday and Saturday living history interpreters at both Cannonball House and Rabbits Ferry House recreate the lives and trades of ordinary Lewistowners. Highlights include our tavern, ropewalk, garden, and more!  

When: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Friday and Saturday from April through October 2022 - Weather permitting
Where: Rabbits Ferry House on the Historic Campus, at 110 Shipcarpenter Street and the
Cannonball House, 118 Front Street, Lewes, Delaware, 19958


Tavern Talks

Journey back to historic Lewistown and raise a pint in Sussex Tavern at the Rabbits Ferry House situated on the Society’s main campus. During these immersive programs, guests will join historic interpreters from different eras in Lewes’ past and lend their voices to the day's unfolding events. 

1777:  A Question of Loyalty
 Friday, December 9 & Saturday, December 10th at 5:00 PM & 7:00 PM, Sunday, December 11th at 2:00 PM
Where: Sussex Tavern at the Rabbits Ferry House, Historic Campus 110 Shipcarpenter Street, Lewes, Delaware
Admission: $25.00 per adult. Must be 21 or older to attend.

This performance looks at the effect of the American Revolution on Lewestown from the viewpoint of the British sympathizers. Sussex County and Lewes were a hotbed of Tories and Loyalists in 1777 and revered pilots made the hard decision to help navigate the English ships up and down the Delaware Bay and River. Mrs. Hedgecock, the lighthouse keeper entertained Tories at Cape Henlopen, and then on November 17th, William Adair made an entry in his diary: “Lighthouse Burning.” This event darkened the lighthouse for seven long years. 
Come to the Sussex Tavern and explore these rarely looked at viewpoints while enjoying a cold ale.  


Historic Lewes First Fridays

Every Friday from April through December the Lewes Historical Society opens the doors of the Sussex Tavern at the Rabbits Ferry House for First Fridays.  Each month the Tavern comes alive as history interpreters share ales and fascinating tales from the past. New stories and new eras are featured each month!

When: 4:00 - 7:00 PM on the First Friday of Each Month from April through November
Where: Sussex Tavern at the Rabbits Ferry House - On the Historic Campus, 110 Shipcarpenter Street, Lewes, Delaware 19958

First Friday Entertainment 
July 1: Blarney Pilgrims

September 2: Ampersand

October 7: Jill Hicks

November 4: Blarney Pilgrims

December 2: Blarney Pilgrims

Hearty in the Cause: Lewes 1776

This immersive living history program is set in spring 1776, a tumultuous period in Lewes' past. The program recreates the atmosphere of Lewes during the early months of the American Revolution and highlights the experiences of those both in town and at sea. In addition to historically attired interpreters, our main campus comes to life with demonstrations including an 18th-century century spring pole lathe, historic cricket matches, and colonial-era spirits at Sussex Tavern, making this a must-attend event!

When: Saturday, April 2nd from 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Rain-or-Shine
Where: Historic Campus located at 110 Shipcarpenter Street and
The Lewes Maritime Museum at the Cannonball House 118 Front Street, both in downtown Lewes, Delaware