Zwaanendael represents a showcase for Lewes-area maritime, military, and social history that commemorates the founding of Delaware’s first European settlement by the Dutch in 1631. The museum’s exhibits and presentations illustrate the rich history of Sussex County by highlighting its maritime connections. The exhibit utilizes a historic timeline to tell Lewes as “The First Town in The First State” story, supported by an array of artifacts, maps, sketches, lithographs, and photographs of period buildings.
102 Kings Highway
Lewes, DE 19958
Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum
Welcome to the New Castle Court House, Delaware’s first court and capital. Visit this historic structure,located in the heart of historic New Castle, and learn how New Castle, Kent, and Sussex Counties declared their independence from Pennsylvania and Great Britain, creating the Delaware State.
211 Delaware Street
New Castle, DE 19720
The Old State House
The Old State House was the first permanent capitol building in Dover, Delaware. Begun in 1787 and completed by May 1791, this Georgian-style structure was originally home to both state and Kent County governments. Located on the historic Green in Dover, the Old State House has served as a focal point in the state’s civic life for over two centuries and continues to hold a special place in the eyes of Delawareans and visitors alike.
25 The Green
Dover, DE 19901