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Coastal Delaware


When you think of Coastal Delaware, you may dream of the beach, the boardwalk, & summer vacation.  Yes, all of these elements are key to the experience, however, the area also comes with a rich history, museums not to be missed, and some of the oldest landmarks in the state.  Tiny beach towns with incredible stories to tell.  We were delightfully surprised with what we uncovered in our own backyard.

Opened in 2014, Dogfish teamed up with Studio Tack and Lighthouse Construction in Magnolia to design and renovate the property.

The hotel comes complete with a treasure hunt: Somewhere on the walls of each room, Delaware artist Steve Rogers painted a portrait of the Lightship Overfalls, a National Historic Landmark (and one of only 17 remaining lightships). The actual lightship is docked just a few hundred feet away, in Lewes Harbor.

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105 Savannah Rd, Lewes, DE 19958

Lightship Overfalls

Constructed in East Boothbay, Maine as one of only two lightships built in the 20th Century.  In 2011, the ship was designated a National Historic Landmark and today can be boarded and explored as a museum ship, welcoming patrons and interested individuals to learn about her history and the history of all lightships around the world.

219 Pilottown Rd, Lewes, DE 19958

Lewes Life Saving Station

Best known for its heroic surfmen’s actions during the great Bilzzard of 1888, the station exhibits the tools and artifacts used by the surfmen to rescue the victims of shipwrecks up and down the coast.

2 Shipcarpenter St, Lewes, DE 19958

Cannonball House

Named due to the battle scars it bears from a little run-in with the British in 1813. During the Bombardment of Lewes, the British attacked the town and kept the canal front under siege, but eventually were defeated with the help of two forts that once sat in the park across the street.

118 Front St, Lewes, DE 19958

The most unique structure in the entire town.

Exhibits showcase the history of Sussex County, as well as the shipwrecks and lighthouses dotting the coast – including the Cape Henlopen Lighthouse.

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102 Kings Hwy, Lewes, DE 19958

Ryves Holt House

Built in 1665, it is purportedly the oldest surviving house in the state of Delaware.  Now owned & operated by the Lewes Historical Society, it was run for a time by Philip Russell, who was “recorded as a cupbearer to William Penn”.

211 Mulberry St, Lewes, DE 19958

Edie Bees Confection Shop

Opened in 2013 the candy shop includes over 220 jars full of colorful sweets line the shelves, and the top-end chocolates.  Owner Leisa Berlin searches nationwide for the highest-quality, most unique chocolates and candy available.

115 2nd St, Lewes, DE 19958

Shipcarpenter Street Campus

Offers 9 historic buildings for you to explore. Highlighting Lewes’s relationship to the sea and dedication to the preservation of historic structures, these museums help to tell the story of Lewes through the centuries since its founding.

Lewes, DE 19958

St. Peter's Episcopal Church

Located in the center of “The First Town In The First State,” St. Peter’s Church has served the spiritual needs of this community since 1680. 

2nd St, Lewes, DE 19958

During WW2, the U.S. Army built several observations towers that remain standing in this state park along the Delaware coast.

Following the War, the area became Cape Henlopen State Park in 1964. The 5,193-acre Park is open year-round and is a popular spot for beachgoers to fish, bike, surf, and of course, explore the many remnants of For Miles among the dunes.

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15099 Cape Henlopen Dr, Lewes, DE 19958

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Dogfish Head Brewery

What began as Delaware’s first brewpub, grew well beyond the first 12–gallon batches of ‘off-centered ales for off-centered people’.  By 2018, the family-operated organization became one of America’s largest & most well-known breweries producing ~15,000 gallons of beer every single day.

6 Cannery Village Center, Milton, DE 19968

Milton Historical Society

The Milton Historical Society was founded in 1970 when the town recognized the importance of preserving the history of Milton and the Broadkill Hundred.  The museum is located in a former Methodist Church that was originally built in 1857.

210 Union St, Milton, DE 19968

This did not come from space, it came from Finland!

No, you’re not looking at a UFO, nor are you on the set of a movie. What you see here is a Futuro House. One of less than 100 ever produced, providing owners a taste of the “Jet and Space Age way of living”.

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23502200044200, Milton, DE 19968

Milton Theater

Erected circa 1910, the two-story building served, at one time or another, as the town’s movie theatre, basketball hall, fire station, social center & community stage.  Since its reopening five years ago, the Milton Theatre has been a catalyst for the flourishing arts and entertainment scene in the region.

110 Union St, Milton, DE 19968

King's Homemade Ice Cream

In 1972 Earl King bought a general store in historic Milton, Delaware and eventually concentrated all his efforts on perfecting ice cream recipes and churning out the best ice cream on the Eastern Shore.  Forty four years later, King’s Ice Cream in Milton and its second location, opened by son Tom and his wife Chris in 1981 in the historic seaport town of Lewes, Delaware, still serve its awarding winning ice cream

302 Union St, Milton, DE 19968

For nearly 100 years, Dolles Candyland continues to operate using the same recipes for taffy, caramel, chocolate, and brittle.

No one likes sand in their salt water taffy. Well, perhaps you do, but thanks to some local mechanics who saved the 3,500lb (~1500kg) ‘Rolls-Royce’ of taffy machines from the deep dredges of the beach, when you swing by the iconic Dolles candy store you can count on finding fresh, chewy, sand-free taffy.

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1 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971

Cape May-Lewes Ferry

Since service began on July 1, 1964, this ferry system traverses a 17-mile (27 km) crossing of the Delaware Bay to connect North Cape May, New Jersey with Lewes, Delaware.

43 Cape Henlopen Dr, Lewes, DE 19958

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