Lighthouses and Breakwaters Become
Part of New
Lewes Tourist Attraction
Maritime History Trail
Also Spotlights Eight Other
Sites of Nautical Significance
As part of a Preserve America Grant awarded to the City of
Lewes in April of 2008, the city has created the Lewes Maritime
History Trail to encourage off-season history-related tourism
when many local attractions are not open.
The sign trail recognizes ten historic subjects : The College of
Earth, Environment and Ocean Studies, the Lewes Life Saving Station,
the Overfalls Lightship, the shipbuilding industry, the War of 1812
bombardment of Lewes, Harbor of Refuge Light Station and Delaware
Breakwater East End Lighthouse, the menhaden fishing industry,
Delaware River and Bay pilots , the two Delaware Bay
breakwaters, and the quarantine station that was located in what is
now Cape Henlopen State Park.
A dedication ceremony, hosted by Lewes Mayor James L. Ford III,
will officially open the sign trail on May 29 at 3 pm near the Lewes
Life Saving Station. The event is open to the public.