The Lewes Historical Society's Museums

Well preserved sites make up an important part of downtown Lewes.

Location: 110 Shipcarpenter Street, Lewes, DE, 19958
Contact: (302) 645-7670

The Lewes Historical Society's museums include 12 historic properties, nine of which are located at the Historic Complex at the intersection of Second & Shipcarpenter Streets. The museums range from the simplicity of the Early Plank House, to the Federal grandeur of the Burton-Ingram House. They range in age from one of the oldest structures in the United States, the Ryves Holt House, circa 1665, to the Midway School #178, circa 1898. One can see fine Philadelphia furnishings at the Burton-Ingram House, hear tales of maritime adventure at the Lewes Life-Saving Station Boathouse, view priceless treasures of Lewes's seafaring past at the Cannonball House, and experience rural life in 18th century Sussex County at the Rabbit's Ferry House.

  • open May 5 through June 16, Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; June 18 through September 15, Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays as well from July 8 to August 12 (Ellegood House, Museum Gift Shop, Cannonball House and Ryves Holt House only); September 22 through October 6, Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • walking tours available and includes the Blacksmith Shop, the Burton-Ingram House, the Cannonball House, the Early Plank House, the Ellegood House, the Hiram Rodney Burton House, the Lewes Life-Saving Station, Midway School #178, the Old Doctor's Office, Rabbit's Ferry House, the Ryves Holt House, and the Thompson Country Store
  • offers a gift shop at the Ellegood House
  • admission is $7 for all museums or $2 per museum, children 12 and under are free