Friday, October 2, 2009

Lewes, Delaware

Lewes was the site of the first European settlement in Delaware, a whaling and trading post named Zwaanendael (Swan Valley) founded by Dutch settlers in June 3, 1631.

Because Lewes was the earliest town founded in the state, and because Delaware was the first state to ratify the constitution, the town refers to itself as "The first town in the first state."


These are some of the pictures taken by me of the Lewes area, while visiting relatives during the 1973 Christmas holidays.

The Overfalls Lightship at Pilottown Road on Canal Front - The ship (LV118) was built in 1938 and served as a "floating lighthouse" off the East Coast of the United States until 1971. It had a 15,000 candlepower light which flashed every three seconds and could be seen for 12 miles on a clear night. The ship takes its name from the Overfalls Shoal located at the mouth of the Delaware Bay.

Cannonball House Marine Museum at Front and Bank Streets - Originally built in 1760, it is known as the Cannonball House because it was struck by a cannonball in the War of 1812 during the bombardment of Lewes by the British on April 6-7, 1813.

In this picture of the Cannonball House, you can see the cannonball that is stuck in the wall, just above the last link of the anchor chain.

Maull House on Pilottown Road - This house is an early type of Dutch house built about 1739. According to legend, it is here that Jerome Bonaparte, brother of Napoleon, and his wife Betsy found refuge on a stormy night in 1803 when their ship had put into Lewes harbor for repairs.

Lou Ianire's Restaurant - Great clam chowder, fried clams and steamed soft-shell crabs.

Link to the Official Website of the City of Lewes.

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