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A little about Lewes

Since Lewes was first settled by the Dutch in 1631, the townspeople have taken great pride in their historic and seafaring heritage and enjoy the opportunity of sharing both with visitors. You can find Lewes situated where the Delaware Bay and the Atlantic Ocean meet (Cape Henlopen). This location provides both bay and ocean beaches for swimming as well as all types of sportfishing and pleasure boating opportunities. In the over 4,013 acres of preserved lands in Cape Henlopen State Park, you find beautiful beaches, miles of nature trails, bird sanctuaries and an education center. It is considered part of the Eastern Shore and the Mason–Dixon Line is just 34 miles west of Lewes. This central location has made Lewes an attractive tourist destination, weekend get-away, and a home base for those commuting to their jobs in larger cities.

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The history of Lewes

Lewes was the site of the first European settlement in Delaware, a whaling and trading post that Dutch settlers founded on June 3, 1631 and named Zwaanendael (Swan Valley).] The colony had a short existence, as a local tribe of Lenni Lenape Indians wiped out the 32 settlers in 1632. The area remained rather neglected by the Dutch until, under the threat of annexation from the English colony of Maryland, the city of Amsterdam made a grant of land at the Hoernkills group of Mennonites for settlement in 1662. A total of 35 men were to be included in the settlement, led by a Pieter Cornelisz Plockhoy of Zierikzee and funded by a sizable loan from the city to get them established. The settlement was established in 1663, but the timing of the settlement was terrible: In 1664, the English In 1664, the English wrested New Netherland from the Dutch, and they had the settlement destroyed with British reports indicating that “not even a nail” was left there

Contact Information

Address:
120 Kings Hwy
Lewes, Delaware
19958

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Businesses in Lewes, Delaware

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Art Athletic Lodging Museums / Attractions Restaurants Shopping

 

Stepping Stone

Art

Fine American Handcrafts

 

Lewes Cycle Sports

Athletic

Bike sales and rental

 

Black Hog Farmstead Bed & Breakfast

Lodging

Unparalleled privacy and luxurious quiet nights

 

Blue Water House

Lodging

Comfortable with a great location

 

Hotel Blue

Lodging

A simple palette of unpretentious luxury

 

Hotel Rodney

Lodging

Hotel Rodney is a central part of the town's history and charm

 

Savannah Inn

Lodging

Contemporary and luxurious accommodations

 

Cape Henlopen State Park

Museums / Attractions

Beaches, trails and amenities

 

Bethany Blues

Restaurants

Bethany Blues is your place for BBQ, Steaks and Seafood!

 

Buttery Restaurant & Bar

Restaurants

Inspired food served in a rich, warm and inviting atmosphere

 

Cafe Azafran

Restaurants

Fresh, healthy, delicious, creatively prepared food

 

Creative Crumbs Bake Shoppe

Restaurants

Custom bakery with gluten free items

 

JD's Cafe

Restaurants

Retro fun environment with New American Cusine

 

Rose & Crown

Restaurants

An upscale Pub located in the Hotel Rodney

 

Striper Bites Bistro

Restaurants

Fresh seafood along with chicken, steak, and salads

 

Albert Frank's Fine Jewelry

Shopping

Fine and antique jewelry

 

Aquamarine at 114

Shopping

Recognized by 'Elle' as one of the 50 best boutiques

 

biblion - used books & rare finds

Shopping

A collection of well curated contemporary and antiquarian books,

 

Lewes Mercantile Antique Gallery

Shopping

Vintage toys, primitives, fine porcelain and garden sculptures

 

P.U.P.S. of Lewes

Shopping

Pawsitively Unique Pet Shop!

 

Teller Wines

Shopping

We bring the wines of the world to you