Welcome to "the First Town in the First State!" 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.
Lewes is 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.
Lewes is a walking town. Within an area approximately a half-mile square, you will find the Historical Society's complex and the historic district, containing many of the older preserved homes, museums, over 40 full-service shops that provide a wide selection of unique goods, ranging from antiques to modern gallery art, many fine restaurants where you can take time out and have a relaxing meal and several inns, B&Bs and motels where you can enjoy a comfortable night's rest after a day on the town.
Lewes is a year-round community. We stay busy during the days and relax at night, even during the visitor season. Fun-filled days, relaxing nights, history and natural beauty everywhere you look...that's Lewes!! Please come visit us and enjoy a little of this quality of life with us!
To make your stay more pleasant, here are things to know about Lewes.