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Ryves Holt House Gift Shop & Information Center


218 Second Street
Lewes, DE 19958


weekly on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday

November 2021 through March 2022
10:00pm - 4:00pm
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday

 This is the starting location for our seasonal tours.

About Ryves Holt House Gift Shop & Information Center

Explore the Ryves Holt House, the Lewes Historical Society's Gift Shop & Information Center. The Ryves Holt House is Delaware's oldest building on its original foundation. Lewes's early history from 1631 - 1787 is revealed here including the story of Zwanendael, the first European settlement in Delaware, the Mason & Dixon Line, and Lewes's role in the journey to ratifying the Constitution in 1787. Come back in October and visit Ryves Holt and enjoy an exhibition based upon the house and an early occupant, Jacob Jones. For more information visit Exhibitions.

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.