Learn about the natural and cultural heritage of Sussex County, Delaware during a series of bus tours. All tours begin and end at the Cape May-Lewes Ferry terminal in Lewes. Tours consist of multiple stops corresponding to topic. Tickets are $40 and one meal is included for each tour. Please specify any dietary restrictions when making reservations. Purchase in advance by calling The Lewes Historical Society at 302-645-7670 (ext. 10). Limited spaces are available. For more information, visit www.historiclewes.org
July 20 9:30AM–4:00PM
Chesapeake Gateway: Man, Nature and the Nanticoke River
Focus: The ecological diversity and rich history of one of the most pristine environments in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.
Stops include: Captain John Smith Monument/Nanticoke Wildlife Area, Bethel Historic District, Seaford Museum, Baldcypress Nature Center at Trap Pond State Park in Laurel
August 3 9:30AM–4:00PM
Give Me That Old Time Religion: Sussex County’s Rich Religious Heritage
Focus: The early origins and diverse traditions of religion and worship in Sussex County.
Stops include: Old Christ Episcopal Church in Laurel, Carey’s Methodist Camp Meeting Ground in Millsboro, Coolspring Presbyterian Church, Site of St. George’s African Methodist Episcopal Church in Lewes
September 14 9:30AM–4:00PM
Discovering Delaware’s Atlantic Coast: Historical Landmarks of Coastal Sussex
Focus: The maritime history and heritage of Delaware’s coast.
Stops include: Fenwick Island Lighthouse and Maryland/Delaware Crownstone, DiscoverSea Shipwreck Museum in Fenwick Island, Indian River Life-Saving Station at Delaware Seashore State Park, original 1631 Dutch Settlement Site and Pilottown Road driving tour in Lewes, Fort Miles WWII Coastal Defense Site at Cape Henlopen State Park, Cape Henlopen and Delaware/Harbor of Refuge Breakwaters
September 28 9:30AM–4:00PM
Agricultural Roots of Sussex County
Focus: Sussex County’s rich agricultural heritage and active harvest season.
Stops include: Nationally recognized Historic Lewes Farmers Market, T.S. Smith & Sons Apple Orchard, U-pick vegetable farms, Hopkins Dairy Farm and Creamery
October 12 9:30AM-4:00PM
Where North Meets South: Slavery and the Civil War
Focus: Southern Delaware’s struggle with the issues of slavery and freedom, and the divisive years of the Civil War.
Stops include: Middle Point Mason/Dixon Monument in Delmar, Confederate Memorial in Georgetown, Governor Ross Mansion and slave quarters in Seaford, Parson Thorne Mansion in Milford, General Torbert Statue and Burial Place of U. S. Colored Troops in Milford
October 19 4:00PM-10:30PM
Haunted Southern Delaware
Focus: Haunted sites, spirits and urban legends of Southern DE
Stops include: Spirits of the Cannonball House in Lewes, haunted hotels, Screams at the Beach haunted attraction, Unknown Sailors Graveyard at the Lewes Ferry Terminal