Sunday, July 06, 2008

A BRIEF HISTORY

Here are some photos of the Lewes Historic Farmers Market which I attend most Saturdays in the summer:











The complex contains a group of original old buildings that have been moved to the complex and are representative of Lewes's history. There is a little general store, a schoolhouse (see the picture of the school bell), a doctor's office, etc.
Here is a brief history of Lewes, Delaware which I copied from the Lewes website:

Twenty-two years after it was discovered by Henry Hudson on an August evening in 1609, the point of land separating the Atlantic Ocean from the Delaware Bay, now known as Cape Henlopen, was selected by the Dutch as an ideal site to establish a whaling station. It was not an auspicious undertaking. The thirty-two settlers were destroyed by a group of local inhabitants, as a result of a dispute over a Dutch coat of arms the settlers had mounted on their settlements.

In 1682 (?), the land which now comprises the State of Delaware was conveyed to
William Penn by the English Courts at which time the embattled settlement was
named Lewes (loo-iss) in honor of the town in Sussex County, England. But
the travail was not over yet. The town was visited by Captain Kidd and other
pirates as late as 1698.

During the War of 1812, a British frigate bombarded the town. The
casualties were a wounded pig and a dead hen. One of the town buildings still proudly wears an embedded cannonball from the bombardment.

Take note of the green bicycle which will be raffled off at the end of the summer. I didn't win last year -- wish me luck this year.

6 comments:

Lynne said...

I love your area. Dom and I might still be your neighbors one day.

That bike is YOU! I can SO see you sitting on it, riding around town. Hope you win.

Shellmo said...

Very neat to see these photos - especially that rustic log cabin. Hope you get the bike - it's fabulous!

BClark said...

I really enjoy going places like that. In Orlando I used to ride my bike to the farmer's market in downtown. Hope you get the bike this time. Thank you for sharing the pictures, it is always nice to see where people are from. Best to you, Barbara

Mary said...

Violet Lady,

It's been a while since I've been over for a visit and I'm so glad that I had a few moments this morning. These photos are wonderful. Are those blue Hydrangea by the long cabin? They are beautiful.

Good luck with the bike. It's a beauty. I'd love to have one like it.

Take care and enjoy your week, my friend. I'm still neck-deep in renovations.

Blessings,
Mary

Karen said...

My first year out of college, I worked at one of these historic village museums. I loved it. It was one of those jobs that hardly seem like work. I hope you win that sweet bike.

black eyed susans kitchen said...

That was a lovely post. The history and the scenery were wonderful. Susan