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Sussex County, Delaware


The First Town of the First State

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History & History-related items

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Statistics & Facts

The Delaware state capital is Dover.
The population of Lewes is approximately 2,295 (1990), 2747 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 1,953 (1990), 1392 (2010).
The amount of land area in Lewes is 9.261 sq. kilometers.
The amount of surface water is 1.621 sq kilometers.
The distance from Lewes to Washington DC is 106 miles.
The distance to the Delaware state capital is 33 miles. (as the crow flies)
Lewes is positioned 38.78 degrees north of the equator and 75.14 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Lewes elevation is 10 feet above sea level.


in the southeastern coastal area of Delaware Bay. It is the northernmost coastal town in Sussex County.
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History & History Related Items

Awash with history, Lewes is known for its "pirate past." Captain Kidd came here to bargain his loot away. Sandbars in the harbor claimed many ships. Because of this, tales of sunken treasure abound. Lewes was a target of the British during the War of 1812 and some buildings still show traces of the cannonball hits from those battles. One of the original town stockades was discovered in 1964.

Lewes has the distinction of being the oldest town in Delaware, thus, the "First Town of the First State." It was founded by the Dutch in 1631 and incorporated in 1883.
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The settling of Lewes



Cape May-Lewes Ferry
The Cape May-Lewes Ferry is your passport to family fun. For infomation call: Lewes Terminal: P. O. Box 517, Lewes DE 19958 (302) 644-6030 or toll free 1-800-64-FERRY (reservations only)

Cape Henlopen State Park
42 Cape Henlopen Drive, Lewes, DE 19958 (302) 645-8983, (302) 645-2108 (campground) or (302) 645-6852 (nature center) - open year-round 8 am to sunset.

World War II Observation Tower
at Cape Henlopen State Park
Phone: 302-645-8983

Zwaanendael Museum
At Savannah Rd. & Kings Hwy. Built as a memorial to the original Dutch founders of Lewes in 1631. Highlights of the museum are the town's maritime heritage. There are also colonial, Native American and Dutch exhibits.
Call: (302) 645-1148.

Lewes Historical Complex
110 Shipcarpenter Street
Lewes, Delaware 19958
Phone: 302-645-7670
Please call ahead for hours of operation. Reservations may be required.

The Renaissance in Rehoboth
A nine week festival of fine art
Phone: 302-645-0225

All you need to know about Lewes at

Kite Festival on Good Friday, British Car Show in May, Garden Tour in June, Lewes Art Loop in May and September, Art Around Town in November, Hospitality Night Thursday before Christmas Parade, Lewes Christmas Parade First Saturday December.
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Lewes City Government

Lewes Town Hall
E. Third Street
P.O. Box 227
Lewes, DE 19958
Phone: (302) 645-7777
Fax - (302) 645-6406

Lewes Chamber

Lewes Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 1
Lewes, DE 19958
Phone: (302) 645-8073

Lewes Organizations

Lewes Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 1
Lewes, DE 19958
Phone: (302) 645-8073

Lewes Schools

The children of Lewes attend schools in the Cape Henlopen School District.

Cape Henlopen School District
1270 Kings Highway
Lewes, Delaware 19958-1798
Phone: 302-645-6686
The district serves students in Henlopen Acres, Lewes, Milton, Rehoboth Beach and Dewey Beach.

Delaware Music School
P.O. Box 422
Milford, Delaware 19963
Phone: 302-422-2043

Cape Henlopen High School
1250 King's Highway
Lewes DE 19958
Phone: 302-645-7711
Viking Ventures - school newspaper

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