Lewes (pronounced Loo-is) is recognized as the First Town in the First State. Founded in 1631, this jewel of a town features tree lined, walkable streets, restaurants, galleries, antique stores, unique shops and B&B’s, incredible gardens, parks, museums, a marina, a Town Dock on the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal and, of course, the Delaware Bay with its clean white sand beaches. You’ll find ocean beach as well, in Cape Henlopen State Park where the bay and the ocean meet at the tip of the Cape.

Lewes’s Historic District is full of stunning examples of a variety of architectural styles from Colonial to Victorian and everything in between, and Lewes Beach neighborhoods are lined with classic beach cottages and modern homes. Recreational opportunities in and near Lewes abound. They include boating, hiking, kayaking, fishing, geocaching, birding, biking and lots more. There is a public boat ramp offering boaters access to Delaware Bay via Roosevelt Inlet as well as to the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal, which travels to Rehoboth Bay. Charter fishing boats and pirate cruises are available for fishermen and adventurers.

Residents and visitors enjoy year round cultural activities, festivals and celebrations, many of which are long held traditions in town, including Boast the Coast, the Doo-dah Parade, an old fashioned Fourth of July celebration and Boat Parade, Coast Day, Seafaring Days, summer concerts, fishing tournaments, home, garden, and artists’ studio tours, a kite festival, Christmas Parade, and a popular antiques show to name just a few. The Historic Lewes Farmers Market, a community-based, producer-only market open May through October, has become an extraordinarily popular destination for shoppers since its inception in 2006.

There are many active community and civic groups in town, numerous churches, an excellent hospital in the Beebe Medical Center, and conveniently located grocery and retail stores to meet the day-to-day shopping needs of residents and visitors. Lewes is in the Cape Henlopen School District.

 

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