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Address: 110 Shipcarpenter Street, Lewes, DE 19958
Phone Number: 302-645-7670
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11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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The First Town in the First State - Super Historic

Downtown Lewes is small. Quite small. But there is something seriously beautiful about it. Lewes was the first founded city in DE and the US itself, so it's got tremendous... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Joe S
Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
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Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
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80 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Downtown Lewes is small. Quite small. But there is something seriously beautiful about it. Lewes was the first founded city in DE and the US itself, so it's got tremendous history. The buildings and architecture are really a site to see by themselves. It's small, but one of the most fun things to see on the 'Walking Tour' from the... More 

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Lewes, Delaware
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6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First town in the first state and Lewes is proud. Quaint, beautiful flowers in season, lovely shops and the Historical Campus is a must.Beautifully restored buildings. Take a tour either walking or via trolly with one of the informative docents.

Thank esb364
Lewes, Delaware
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19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

I learned so much of the history of Lewes. I loved walking down St. Street & listening to the docent tell me about the 1st town in the 1st state. We learned what all the blue & white signs on the houses meant & where to look it up in a book in the Historical Society Gift Shop. At the... More 

Thank Maryellen M
Big Cove Tannery, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

We enjoyed the gift shop as well as the compound of historic buildings. The history of Lewes makes it a special place and walking around town viewing all the old historic houses as well as learning the history of the town through the historical society makes visiting there a special experience difference from most beach vacations.

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New Gloucester, Maine
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

We stopped at this lovely and immaculately presented compound of historical buildings during a part of our Tour Lewes Electric Bike Tour - it was lovely, with plaques everywhere identifying all of the outlying buildings and their original purposes. There was even an historic bathroom available for use by the public! It was a sweet, shady area to stop and... More 

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Easton, MD
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122 reviews
54 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015

Each time we visit the campus of the Lewes Historical Society, we enjoy ourselves. On our last visit we poked our heads into a shed and found gents eager to explain about the society's boatbuilding program. Very interesting!

Thank jrepok
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015

Very informative and rich in history. Some nice little kick-knacks and local interest souvenirs. Significant place for the area. Very friendly staff willing to chat about the place. Take a look at the structure and it will reveal some very quirky things about the building!

Thank ludgate247
Lewes, Delaware
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

This complex features authentic historical homes, churches, schools and beautiful grounds. It is well worth the visit.

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Baltimore, MD
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51 reviews
12 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

They advertised that they had a trolley ride through the city. Well, it was just a bus decked out like a trolley. Not what we were expecting. However, the docent providing the tour was excellent. She lively and engaging and had lots of tidbits of local information...we learned a lot! I was worried that my little kids was get bored... More 

Thank junebugsrbig
Lewes, Delaware
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

"History Happened Here" is a joint educational program offered by the Lewes Historical Society and the Cape Water Taxi in Lewes. While cruising Lewes waterways, you journey back in time and learn about Lewes' maritime past. Beautiful views of the impressive lighthouses, Delaware Bay breakwater, Lewes ferry terminal and beach are included. Enjoyable for all age groups - and Marcos... More 

Thank Kathi C

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