Zwaanendael Museum

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Zwaanendael Museum
Zwaanendael Club Lewes DE 1898.JPG
Based on the State House in Hoorn, The Netherlands
Zwaanendael Museum is located in Delaware
Zwaanendael Museum
Location in Delaware
Location102 Kings Highway, Lewes, Delaware, 19958USA 302.645.1148
Coordinates38°46′29″N 75°08′21″W / 38.774729°N 75.139124°W / 38.774729; -75.139124
Public transit accessCape May−Lewes Ferry
WebsiteOfficial State Website

In Lewes, Delaware the Zwaanendael Museum was created to honor the 300th anniversary of Delaware's first European settlement, Zwaanendael, founded 1631. The museum models the former City Hall in Hoorn, Netherlands. It has 17th century Dutch elements such as stepped facade gable, terra cotta roof tiles, carved stonework, and decorated shutters. The top of the building's front features a statue of David Pietersen de Vries, leader of the expedition that founded Swanendael.

The museum's exhibits represent the history of Sussex County by revealing the history of those who lived in Delaware's southeastern coast. Exhibits include local history, shipwrecks and lighthouses, Cape Henlopen Lighthouse, the bombardment of Lewes by the British in the War of 1812, pilots of the Delaware River and Bay, and the ever-changing Delaware coastline.

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  • "The Zwaanendael Museum". Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs. State of Delaware. Retrieved May 22, 2006.