Thursday, December 1, 2011

Holiday Season 2011 in Lewes, DE Begins

Snowflake Necklace by BayMoonDesign
In my mind, this weekend marks the beginning of the Holiday Season in Lewes, Delaware.  The town is decorated; events are planned.  The Lewes Yacht Club has a wonderful luncheon and craft show on Saturday Dec. 3. I will be there with my jewelry along with many fine artisans from the community. The Children's Beach House is also open and has lots of artisan crafts for sale also.  Many lovely homes will be open as part of the Lewes  Historical Society Christmas House Tour
Dining Room of Maull House on Pilottown Road
The Col. David Hall Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution would like to share its historic house with visitors this Saturday, December 3, 2011.  This house is believed to have been built by Samuel Paynter, a carpenter who purchased this property in 1737. Following its completion, the house and surrounding land was sold in 1741 to Luke Shields, a prominent bay and river pilot. The property was purchased by Thomas S. Maull in 1836. The house was expanded with the addition of the present rear wing circa 1890, and it remained in the possession of the Maull family until 1957. It was obtained by the Colonel David Hall Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, in 1962. The Maull House was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1970.  Visitors to the house will be greated by DAR members in colonial costume and refreshment will be available.The interior of the house will be decorated as in would for the holidays in the 1700's.  

CHHS JROTC Helps Prepare Maull House
The house is a labor of love and a community effort.  Many volunteer hours go into the maintenance of this house.  DAR members work hard grant writing and fund raising, Community members also pitch in.    The mayor of Lewes Jim Ford has helped with his expert advice  in the restoration and maintenance of the house.  Some JROTC students from Cape Henlopen High School  helped to clean up the yard.  Twenty three bags of leafs were removed in preparataion for this weekend's Christmas House Tour of Lewes.  The house is located at  542 Pilottown Road, Lewes Delaware.
Historic 1933 Photo of the Maull House, Library of Congress Collection

These are just a few of the events going on in Lewes on Saturday. The day ends with fine parade featuring floats by local organizations, bands, fire trucks, etc.  This is life in a small town at its finest!    

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