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A little about Lewes

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. You can find Lewes 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. It is considered part of the Eastern Shore and the Mason–Dixon Line is just 34 miles west of Lewes. This central location has made Lewes an attractive tourist destination, weekend get-away, and a home base for those commuting to their jobs in larger cities.

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The history of Lewes

Lewes was the site of the first European settlement in Delaware, a whaling and trading post that Dutch settlers founded on June 3, 1631 and named Zwaanendael (Swan Valley).] The colony had a short existence, as a local tribe of Lenni Lenape Indians wiped out the 32 settlers in 1632. The area remained rather neglected by the Dutch until, under the threat of annexation from the English colony of Maryland, the city of Amsterdam made a grant of land at the Hoernkills group of Mennonites for settlement in 1662. A total of 35 men were to be included in the settlement, led by a Pieter Cornelisz Plockhoy of Zierikzee and funded by a sizable loan from the city to get them established. The settlement was established in 1663, but the timing of the settlement was terrible: In 1664, the English In 1664, the English wrested New Netherland from the Dutch, and they had the settlement destroyed with British reports indicating that “not even a nail” was left there

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120 Kings Hwy
Lewes, Delaware

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Businesses in Lewes, Delaware

Here is a collection of downtown Lewes, Delaware businesses. Clicking on the thumbnail image, or the blue "View Member" will take you to that businesses page. We've included some jump links so that you can easily navigate to different categories of businesses. Those, can be found directly below as icons. Or, there is a list of categories in the menu bar.


Stepping Stone


Fine American Handcrafts


Black Hog Farmstead Bed & Breakfast


Unparalleled privacy and luxurious quiet nights


Blue Water House


Comfortable with a great location


Hotel Blue


A simple palette of unpretentious luxury


Hotel Rodney


Hotel Rodney is a central part of the town's history and charm


Savannah Inn


Contemporary and luxurious accommodations


Cape Henlopen State Park

Museums / Attractions

Beaches, trails and amenities


Bethany Blues


Bethany Blues is your place for BBQ, Steaks and Seafood!


Buttery Restaurant & Bar


Inspired food served in a rich, warm and inviting atmosphere


Cafe Azafran


Fresh, healthy, delicious, creatively prepared food


Creative Crumbs Bake Shoppe


Custom bakery with gluten free items


JD's Cafe


Retro fun environment with New American Cusine


Rose & Crown


An upscale Pub located in the Hotel Rodney


Striper Bites Bistro


Fresh seafood along with chicken, steak, and salads


Albert Frank's Fine Jewelry


Fine and antique jewelry


Aquamarine at 114


Recognized by 'Elle' as one of the 50 best boutiques


biblion - used books & rare finds


A collection of well curated contemporary and antiquarian books,


Lewes Cycle Sports


Bike sales and rental


Lewes Mercantile Antique Gallery


Vintage toys, primitives, fine porcelain and garden sculptures


P.U.P.S. of Lewes


Pawsitively Unique Pet Shop!


Teller Wines


We bring the wines of the world to you