Why We Live Here . . . Zwaanendael Museum

September 13, 2017


On the corner of Kings Highway and Savannah Road is a local iconic structure that was constructed to honor Delaware’s first European settlement in 1631, the Zwaanendael Colony.  The museum is modeled after the former city hall in Hoorn, the Netherlands, as it features Dutch elements like stepped façade gable, terra cotta roof tiles and decorated shutters (see likeness in the photo supplied by Trip Advisor).



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The top of building features a statue of David Pietersen de Vries, leader of the expedition that founded Zwaanendael.  This name may also sound familiar to those who have traversed the town of Lewes as there is also de Vries Circle which is commonly spelled “Devries”.


The museum is open year round to locals, school children and visitors and features exhibits that include the local history of Lewes, information on shipwrecks and lighthouses. (Source: Wikipedia)


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Photo Credits: The photo of the museum was taken by our own Angela Yerton while walking in downtown Lewes.