Lewistown 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: April through October 2023 - Weather permitting
Where: Rabbits Ferry House on the Historic Campus, at 110 Shipcarpenter Street and the
Cannonball House, 118 Front Street, Lewes, Delaware, 19958
Voices of Revolutionary Lewistown
In 2023, the Lewes Historical Society’s interpretive programming will begin to focus on Lewes and the American War of Independence through a new program, Voices of Revolutionary Lewistown.
Voices of Revolutionary Lewistown is an ongoing living history program that will introduce guests to a diverse array of characters who found themselves in Lewes during the revolutionary period.
Each program will feature different individuals who will share their personal experiences during the revolutionary period in an immersive, intimate setting, with guests encouraged to participate as conversation and debate unfold.
Voices of Revolutionary Lewistown featuring Henry Fisher Click for Tickets
When: Saturday, February 18th at 3:30 PM & 5:00 PM
Where: Sussex Tavern at the Rabbits Ferry House, Historic Campus 110 Shipcarpenter Street, Lewes, Delaware
Admission: $40.00 per adult. Must be 21 or older to attend. Admission includes two drinks and a baked snack.
Meet Henry Fisher, a steadfast patriot and well-respected pilot of the Bay and River Delaware. While Lewistown was politically divided, especially following the British arrival on the Delaware Bay, Henry Fisher remained committed to the Revolutionary Cause. To join Henry Fisher and learn more about the divisive allegiances of Lewistowners secure your tickets with haste.
Historic Lewes First Fridays
The first Friday of every month, the Lewes Historical Society opens the doors of the Sussex Tavern at the Rabbits Ferry House for Historic Lewes First Fridays. Each month the Tavern comes alive as history interpreters share ales and fascinating tales from the past.
When: 4:00 - 7:00 PM on the First Friday of Each Month
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 the spring of 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 15th and 16th 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
Admission is $5.00 per person, per day - children under 12 are free.