Why We Live Here . . . Ryves Holt House ~ Lewes

Why We Live Here . . . Ryves Holt House ~ Lewes

On an unusually cool morning in August, people traverse the lovely brick sidewalks of downtown Lewes.  Shaded by mature trees, lined by boutiques and restaurants, the walk leads us to the Ryves Holt House, at the corner of Mulberry and Second Streets.

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This house is the oldest house in Delaware, still standing on its own foundation.  In 2014, the Ryves Holt house was added to the First State National Historical Park.  Built around 1665, it served as one of the earliest inns in the region and has survived pirates, fires and has observed many changes in the town of Lewes.

Named for the purchaser and the first Chief of Justice of Delaware, the Ryves Holt House is now the home to the Lewes Historical Society’s Visitor Center and Museum Gift Shop; it is also the first stop on the Society’s walking tour.

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Photo Credits: This photo was taken by our own Angela Yerton while walking in downtown Lewes.