Maritime Living History Festival breathes life into Lewes

September 10, 2020

The Lewes Historical Society hosted its annual Maritime Living History Festival Sept. 5 at its main campus on Shipcarpenter Street and at the recently reopened Cannonball House on Front Street. 

This year’s event was modified due to COVID-19 restrictions. Characters wore masks and interacted with the public from a distance. 

The festival also coincided with the reopening of the Cannonball House, which has been closed since December 2019. 

A new permanent exhibit called Breaking Britannia's Grasp: Lewes, the Royal Navy and the Legacy of 1812, tells the story of Lewes’ bombardment by the British Navy on April 6-7, 1813. The exhibition provides a revised interpretation of the conflict through the human element as it focuses on sailors that crewed the blockading fleet and the men who defended Lewistown.

The Cannonball House is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday to Saturday. Admission to the exhibit is $5 per person (children 12 and under are free) and tickets can be purchased at the Cannonball House, the Lewes History Museum or the LHS Campus. Each admission ticket includes all Lewes Historical Society properties and museums.

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