The Lewes Maritime Museum at the Cannonball House
Lewes, DE 19958
Starting March 16, 2021
10:00pm - 4:00pm
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday
Admission $5 (This fee will allow you access to all of LHS's museums.)
The Lewes Maritime Museum will be closed on Tuesday, July 20, and will reopen on Wednesday, July 21.
About The Lewes Maritime Museum at the Cannonball House
Featured in many works on Delaware, the Cannonball House is a rare example of a Lewes house remaining on one site its entire existence. The Cannonball House was featured on the 2003 Lewes Business Directory.
On April 5, 2003, the Cannonball House was honored by the State of Delaware for its close association with the Bombardment of Lewes by the British on April 6th and 7th, 1813 and as the home of two heroes of those fateful days, Gilbert McCraken and his son Henry, both Pilots of the Bay & River Delaware. The War of 1812 Park, across Front Street from the house and site of one of the two forts that defended Lewes during the bombardment, was also recognized. Gilbert & Henry McCracken served in a volunteer militia composed primarily of Delaware Pilots that defended Lewes until the end of the war in 1815.
Perhaps the two most famous landmarks in Lewes are the Zwaanendael Museum and the Cannonball House. Many visitors come to town seeking the famous house with a cannonball still in its side yet many are unaware of how close the house was to being lost. During the summer of 1961, several Lewes citizens expressed concern that the town was losing its character as its old homes were slowly being lost. They were especially concerned about the plight of what they knew as the Capt. David Rowland House – an ancient one with a distinguished history; built prior to the revolution, it had been the home of generations of river and bay pilots and had been scarred by cannon fire during the War of 1812. One night they met on Pilottown Road and decided something needed to be done right then and there – at that moment The Lewes Historical Society was formed. Members were sought, funds raised and the property was acquired – the historic Burton-Ingram House on Second Street. Two years later in 1963, the young historical society had raised the money to purchase the Rowland House, also commonly called the Cannonball House in honor of its scars from the infamous Bombardment of Lewes.
We are COVID-19 Safe for you and your family...
The Lewes Historical Society’s museums, properties, and gift shops are open, with limited hours, capacity, and access to some historic buildings.
The well-being of our valued visitors and our staff remains our highest priority, so various safety measures remain in place. LHS strives to comply with the most recent state regulations and therefore our various programs and events are subject to change and cancellation.
Please be patient, as capacity in all areas is limited. When you visit, please wear a face mask. It is required in all indoor areas at all times. Outdoors, face masks are required when it is difficult to maintain a safe social distance of six feet from people who are not from your household. Wearing face masks is also required on tours and guided walks. Also, please follow one-directional pathways, and take other precautions as posted on-site. We offer various opportunities to use hand-sanitizer throughout our facilities, for your convenience and peace of mind.
If you have a medical condition that prevents you from wearing a face mask, we ask that you do not visit at this time.