As the First Town in the First State, Lewes is a history lovers dream come true! Lewes has seen it all: visits by the well-known pirate Captain Kidd, early settlement battles between the first Dutch settlers and the Lenni Lenape tribe, Revolutionary War, War of 1812 where the Cannonball House still stands with an embedded cannonball, Civil War, and even played a major role patrolling and defending the Atlantic Coast, the Delaware Bay, and major ports and Towns up the Delaware River (Wilmington and Philadelphia) in World War I and II. It has endured time because of its “safe harbor” and wonderful location.
Lewes' Historic District is a local, state and federal designation and contains architectural examples from c. 1665 through 50 years ago. Lewes’ architectural styles vary greatly due to spanning centuries and various influences.