Built in 1732, this building served as Delaware's first court and state capitol. Here in 1776, New Castle, Kent, and Sussex counties declared their independence from Pennsylvania and England creating the Delaware State.
Home of John Dickinson, one of the founding fathers of the United States and "Penman of the Revolution."
Built in 1791, the Old State House served as Delaware's capitol during the United States' critical early years as a nation. With additions and modifications, the building continued to serve as the state capitol until 1933.
The museum highlights the life and achievements of Delaware's native son, Eldridge Reeves Johnson, founder of the Victor Talking Machine Company and a pioneer in the development of the sound-recording industry.
The museum commemorates Delaware's first European colony, Swanendael, established by the Dutch in 1631. It serves as a showcase for Lewes-area maritime, military, and social history.