LHS presents "Lewes History, Volume XVI"

January 29, 2014

"Lewes History," formerly known as the "Journal of The Lewes Historical Society," is an annual publication that delves into Lewes’s eventful past from prehistoric Native Americans to Lewestowners of the 20th century. The Lewes Historical Society announces the release of the 2013 "Lewes History, Volume XVI."

"The editorial board is very pleased to present six well-researched, informative articles about Lewes in the redesigned journal," said Midge Yearley, editor-in-chief. "They cover a broad range of topics from descriptions of Delaware Bay’s early charts and of the 14 historic piers along the town’s coastline to chronicles of political conflicts over the old Sussex County Courthouse in Lewes and of a sensational 17th century trial that took place in it to the backstory of a Civil War sword in the society’s collection."

Volume XVI includes Establishing the Basis for the Safe Navigation of Delaware Bay: 1756-1856 by William Manthorpe, Finding their Way: Early Delaware Bay Charts by Bob Kotowski, Fingers into the Bay by Bob Kotowski, Removing the Sussex County Seat from Lewes: Convenience or Power Politics? by Midge Yearley; Nothing to ‘Joake’ About: The Unintended Marriage of John Dyer and Sarah Willshire by Kenneth Brown, and The Bookhammer Sword by Carl E. Wisler.

Members of The Lewes Historical Society are welcome to one complimentary copy of "Lewes History."  Copies are available for pickup at the Ryves Holt House Museum Gift Shop on the corner of Second and Mulberry streets in historic Lewes. Current hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday to Monday. Members who are unable to go by the Museum Gift Shop by early February will be mailed a copy.

"Lewes History" can also be purchased by the general public for just $5 each at the gift shop, online at, and at the Lewes Chamber of Commerce Visitor's Center on Kings Highway in Lewes. Reference copies are available in the library of The Lewes Historical Society.

For more information about The Lewes Historical Society or "Lewes History," go to or call 302-645-7670.