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Sussex County Historic Tour Series Kicks-off Saturday, April 28; Ferry Package Available for New Jersey Passengers
By JSalmon on 04/23/2012:  

 

Sussex County Historic Tour Series Kicks-off Saturday, April 28
Ferry Package Available for New Jersey Passengers
 
(N. Cape May, New Jersey) On Saturday, April 28, the Cape May – Lewes Ferry will join together with the Lewes Historical Society and Southern Delaware Tourism to offer ferry passengers the opportunity to discover the natural and cultural heritage of Sussex County, Delaware during a series of bus tours with former Delaware State Archivist Russ McCabe.   This first of six exciting tours, entitled a “River Runs Through It: Delaware’s Historic Mispillion River” will depart the Lewes terminal at 9:00 a.m.
 
All tours begin and end at the Cape May-Lewes Ferry terminal in Lewes and consist of multiple stops corresponding to topic. 
 
“The Ferry is proud to participate in this exciting new tour series, promoting the natural and cultural heritage of Sussex County,” said Michael Porch, marketing manager for the Cape May – Lewes Ferry. “The First State has so much to offer and, with his background and expertise, Russ McCabe is the perfect tour guide leader for this series. It’s going to be both educational and fun!”
 
Saturday – April 28    9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
A River Runs Through It: Delaware’s Historic Mispillion River
The focus is on the natural and cultural heritage of one of Delaware’s most historic waterways.
The stops along the tour include the DuPont Nature Center (Slaughter Beach); Vineyard Shipyard (Milford); Milford Museum and Historic District (Milford); Abbott’s Mill/Nature Center (Milford Mill Ponds Nature Preserve); and Lunch at the Bug & Bud Festival/Milford. 
 
The cost of the ferry package is $36.50. New Jersey ferry passengers must be on-board the 7:30 a.m. departure from Cape May and, following the tour, will return on the 4:15 p.m. vessel leaving Lewes. As space is limited to 10 people, reservations are strongly recommended at 800-643-3779. 
 
Additional tours include:
Saturday – June 2    9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Where North Meets South: Slavery and the Civil War
Focus: Sussex County’s struggle with the issues of slavery and freedom, and the divisive years of the Civil War.
 
Saturday – July 14    9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Chesapeake Gateway: Man, Nature and the Nanticoke River
Focus: The ecological diversity and rich history of one of the most pristine watershed environments in the Chesapeake region.
 
Thursday – August 2    9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Give Me That Old Time Religion: Sussex County’s Rich Religious Heritage
Focus: The early origins and diverse traditions of religion and worship in Sussex County.
 
Thursday – September 6 - 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Discovering Delaware’s Atlantic Coast: Historical Landmarks of Coastal Sussex
Focus: The rich history and heritage of our Atlantic coast.
 
Saturday – October 13 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
The tour details and itinerary will be announced at a later date. Stayed tuned!
For more information on these and other Cape May – Lewes Ferry events, please visit us on the web at www.cmlf.com
 
About the Cape May-Lewes Ferry
The Cape May – Lewes Ferry is owned and operated by the Delaware River and Bay Authority, a bi-state governmental agency created by Compact in 1962.  The Ferry is open year-round and has carried more than forty million passengers since its inception on July 1, 1964.  In 2011, the ferry service, which connects Victorian Cape May, New Jersey, and historic Lewes, Delaware, transported approximately 275,000 vehicles and nearly 1 million passengers.