Lewes Historical Society Offering Heritage Tour Series
Special Ferry Package Available for New Jersey Passengers
(Lewes, DE) Leave the history books at home and discover firsthand some of southern Delaware’s rich cultural, natural and historic treasures. The Lewes Historical Society has developed a series of guided bus tours to showcase the natural and cultural heritage of Sussex County, Delaware. The series features numerous topics including Delaware’s maritime and religious history, the Atlantic Coast, and the Civil War. The next tour, which is scheduled for Saturday, August 3, will focus on the County’s Rich Religious Heritage.
“The Ferry is thrilled to participate in this exciting tour series, promoting the natural and cultural heritage of Sussex County,” said Nikky Fisher, Lewes terminal manager for the Cape May – Lewes Ferry. “The First State has so much to offer and the Lewes Historical Society and Southern Delaware Tourism have done a fabulous job putting this series together. It’s going to be both educational and fun!”
"The Lewes Historical Society is proud to partner with Southern Delaware Tourism and Cape May-Lewes Ferry to present this exciting series of bus tours, which allow passengers to explore the natural and cultural heritage of Lewes and surrounding area,” said Mike DiPaolo, Executive Director of the Lewes Historical Society. “There are so many fascinating locations in Sussex County that tell the story of the county's roots. Each tour offers a genuinely unique experience with topics ranging from rich religious heritage to slavery and the Civil War."
All tours begin and end at the Cape May-Lewes Ferry terminal in Lewes and consist of multiple stops corresponding to topic. New Jersey guests must board the 7:30 a.m. departure leaving Cape May to participate. Every tour begins at 9:00 a.m. and concludes at 4:00 p.m. One meal is included. Tickets are $46.50 for ages 6 and older. Children under the ages of 5 are $40.00.
Saturday, August 3 - Give Me That Old Time Religion: Sussex County’s Rich Religious Heritage: Tour participants will visit the Old Christ Episcopal Church in Laurel, Carey’s Methodist Camp Meeting in Millsboro, Coolspring Presbyterian Church, and the site of St. George’s African Methodist Episcopal Church in Lewes.
Saturday, September 14 - Discovering Delaware’s Atlantic Coast: Historical Landmarks of Coastal Sussex County: Besides Delaware’s popular beaches, passengers will explore the maritime heritage of Delaware’s diverse coastline. Attractions include the Fenwick Island Lighthouse and Maryland/Delaware Crownstone (Fenwick Island), the Sea Shipwreck Museum in Fenwick Island, the Indian River Lifesaving Station (Delaware Seashore State Park), the 1631 Dutch Settlement Site and Pilottown Road Driving Tour (Lewes), the Fort Miles WWII Coastal Defense Site (Cape Henlopen State Park), and the Cape Henlopen and Delaware/Harbor of Refuge Breakwaters.
Saturday, September 28 - Agricultural Roots of Sussex County: Discover beyond the corn fields in Southern Delaware this fall! Tours will explore the nationally recognized Historic Lewes Farmers Market, the T.S. Smith & Sons Apple Orchard and the U-pick vegetable farms. Concluding the tour will be a trip to the Hopkins Dairy Farm and Creamery! Just in time for the fall, pick up fresh vegetables and fruits for family and friends!
Saturday, October 12 - Where North Meets South: Slavery and the Civil War: Imagine a time when Delaware struggled with the issues of slavery and battles between the North and the South. The years of Civil War mark a prominent time in the small state’s history. Tours will visit the Middle Point Monument – Starting Place of the Mason/Dixon Line (Delmar) and the Confederate Memorial in Georgetown. Participants will also have the opportunity to see several Civil War leaders including Governor Ross’ Mansion/Slave Quarter (Seaford), the Parson Thorne Mansion, home of Civil War Governor William Burton (Milford) and the General Torbert Statue and Burial Place of U. S. Colored Troops (Milford).
Space is limited. Please call the Ferry’s Guest Services Center at 800-643-3779 to reserve your guided bus tour today or visit its website at www.cmlf.com for information on this and other events at the Cape May – Lewes Ferry.
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 2012, the ferry service, which connects Victorian Cape May, New Jersey, and historic Lewes, Delaware, transported approximately 275,000 vehicles and nearly 1 million passengers.
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