The Lewes Historical Society celebrates over 50 years of embracing Lewes’ history by offering multiple tour options to the public. Discover historic destinations downtown, learn intriguing facts about our region’s maritime history, and experience history as it comes alive. Find out about our lighthouses, cemeteries, historic architecture, maritime monuments, and more.
Tours leave from Ryves Holt House located at 218 Second Street, in Lewes, Delaware, 19958 on the corner of Second & Mulberry Streets.
Please note: Tours often sell out quickly. Pre-registration is required for all tours and closes 30 minutes prior to the start time. Unfortunately, at this time, we can not take "walk-ons", due to COVID-19 restrictions. Thank you for helping us comply with DE mandates and keep our volunteers and visitors safe.
Online tickets are available for purchase now by clicking the button below.
All Walking Tour tickets Include FREE Admission to the Lewes Historical Society's Historic Campus Buildings and Grounds.
Current LHS Members receive a 20% discount on adult tickets. (For information on how to become a member click here.)
Children under 12 & Students with School ID cards are only $5.
Coming Soon! - a prelude to the Mid Atlantic Sea Glass Festival: Shipwrecked Spirits & Sea Glass Tour (One day only on Thursday, June 3rd, 2021)
This “special edition” tour will feature legends and lore of Lewes’s seaside past. Hear the tragic tale of Moll of the Dunes and her lost love. Wonder at tales of pirates, and buried treasure beneath the sands of time.
Tickets are $5 per person (child, student, and or adults).
Families with children ages eight and older are encouraged to attend!
At the tour’s conclusion, attendees ages 12 and under will receive a commemorative piece of sea glass to remember their experiences.
Introduction to Lewes: A Maritime Destination
Journey through Lewes’ salty past while learning about the explorers who first put the town on the map. Find out which pirates sailed the local waters, and hear about the brave United States Life-Saving Servicemen who rescued victims from perilous shipwrecks. This 60-minute walking tour includes a visit to the 1884 US Life Saving Station building.
Saturdays - 10:00 a.m.
April 10 - October 23, 2021
$10 per adult
Historic Architecture: A View into the Past
The town of Lewes boasts multiple architectural styles throughout several eras within a three-block radius. This 60-minute tour includes an introduction to the historic district and its various stylistic elements, with an emphasis on the homes of important historic families and notable people from throughout the past three centuries in Lewes.
Sundays at 4:00 p.m.
April 11 through October 24, 2021
$10 per adult
Thursdays at 4:00 p.m.
July 11 through October 28, 2021
$10 per adult
Historic Lewes is rich with legends and spooky tales. This 90-minute walking tour will enthrall you with stories of strange happenings in “The First Town, in the First State”. This memorable evening tour will lead you to the Cannonball House that was bombarded by the British during the War of 1812, notably one of the most haunted places in Delaware. (Due to the eerie content of the tour, children seven and under are strongly discouraged from attending. Flashlights are recommended in October.)
Sundays & Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m.
June 13 through October 27, 2021
$15 per adult
Additional Thursday dates for October will be announced at a later date.
Maritime Plus: Lewes Ashore & Afloat
For the True History Buff! Enjoy all the same content of the Maritime Introduction Tour PLUS entry for the day between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to two of our museum sites: The Cannonball House Maritime Museum and the Lewes History Museum.
Field Trips & Group Tours
Field trips can be arranged year-round to show the highlights of Lewes in a meaningful context. For more information about interactive education and field trips, click here.
Groups of 8 or more guests are considered large group tours and we ask that you contact us for tour options so that we can best meet your group's needs. Click here for more information and to register for a group tour.
For additional information, please call 302-645-7670.