Cannonball confusion caused by operator?

March 7, 2023

Reading “The long history of the Cannonball House” (Feb. 28), I was reminded of the old joke about Martha Washington confronting her husband George: “I can’t trust you. You go out for one night and now people say you slept here, you slept here, you slept here, you slept here…”

But seriously, one wonders how many people would pay $5 for admission to the operator of the Cannonball House if its website accurately stated, “In the 1930s, it was the mayor’s house; in the 1940s, it was the Lewes Service Centre, a business run by William “Skip” Carpenter. From 1946-52, it was home to Joe’s Taxi Stand. It was then purchased by the Papajohns of Rehoboth Beach. During this time, a pair of restaurants operated in the house.” Oh, and by the way, that cannonball in the foundation? It’s a replica.

Was the “confusion among the general public” created by the operator of the Cannonball House? 

At least George Washington didn’t sleep in Lewes.

Sheldon Finkelstein


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