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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 at 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 own voices to the unfolding events of the day. Two Tavern Talks have been created and will be presented at the times and dates below:

Navigating the Blockade: 1813 Lewistown and the British Blockade
 Friday and Saturday May 27th & 28th at 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM
Sunday May 29th 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.

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To Defend our Little Place: 1770s Lewistown and the American Revolution 
 Saturday August 6th at 5:00 PM & 7:00 PM, Sunday August 7th 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.


Meet the Past Speaker Series

Join us at the Lewes History Museum on Second Fridays during the spring and fall seasons for our Meet the Past lecture series. These informative programs provide scholarly presentations based on stories from Lewes’ past and complement current exhibitions at our museums.

When: 1:00 PM on the Second Friday of Each Month During Spring and Fall Seasons
Where: Lewes History Museum, 101 Adams Ave. Lewes, DE
Admission: Free

Friday May 13: “Traitors Among Us”: Nehemiah Field and the American Revolution - Presented by Andrew Lyter, LHS Executive Director
Nehemiah Field was a complicated and divisive individual living in Lewes during the American Revolutionary War. Field was raised in an affluent Lewes family, served as a Pilot of the Bay and River Delaware, and owned multiple properties in Lewes prior to the Revolution. Field started the war as a merchant captain and patriot, but would later flee Lewes joining the British Naval forces on the Delaware Bay. This presentation will analyze the career and life of Nehemiah Field, his life in Lewes, and the American Revolution.
Friday September 9: A Milliner in the late 1890s - Presented by Corinne Litzenberg
 Corinne Litzenberg, Ed.D. portrays her great-great-grandmother, Lucy Litzenberg, on September 9th at the Lewes History Museum. Lucy Litzenberg was a successful milliner in Elkton, Maryland in the late 1800s. Wearing attire from 1886, Corinne portrays the life of a woman milliner in a man’s world. “Lucy” shares the challenges of competing with department stores as the “ready to wear” revolution begins producing hats and clothing. Feel free to don your favorite hat or bowler and enjoy a hands-on sharing of millinery artifacts and curiosities.
Friday October 14: Ryves Holt , So Much More than a House - Presented by Debra Regan
The life and times of Ryves Holt are explored through his own voice, as found in his Traveling Book. This 1750 manuscript gives a rare glimpse into life in Lewes in the 18th century
Friday November 18: Gilbert McCraken- Pilot of the Bay and River Delaware  - Presented by Bill Hicks, LHS Historic Campus Coordinator
Join Bill Hicks for this presentation that will explore the life of Captain Gilbert McCracken through letters, documents, and newspaper articles from the period. Captain McCracken led a fascinating life and was a Pilot of the Bay and River Delaware, defender during the 1813 British bombardment of Lewestown, and a lifetime resident of Lewes.

Historic Lewes First Fridays

Every Friday from April through November 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

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 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