Lewes is an interesting combination of historic bay town (one that maintains some industry on the water), summer resort destination and year-round hub of coastal Sussex—home of the stellar Cape Henlopen School District. It offers easy access to bay beaches in town and ocean beaches at Cape Henlopen State Park. Second Street offers outstanding shopping and dining. And the town offers myriad historic homes, as well as places on Lewes Beach that range from more modern to more funky. Residents—longtimers and newcomers—are equally proud of their town. An active historic society and resident artists help define the vibe.
School District: Cape Henlopen
Taxes: 4.2731
Median home cost: $261,500
Commute: 25
Safety: 2-3
Arts and culture: 4
Shopping and dining: 5
Nightlife: 2

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  • Co-op Farmers' Market


    Meet local farmers and choose from fresh-picked vegetables and fruits, feast on local artisan foods, listen to live music, buy locally-crafted...

  • Hippo Haven Opens This Summer at Adventure Aquarium!


    This summer, Camden’s largest residents, Adventure Aquarium’s hippopotamuses Button and Genny, invite you to join them in their exciting new...

  • Achievers Academy Golf Tournament 2014


    Achievers Academy Golf Tournament 2014 at the Brandywine Country Club  (www.brandywinecountryclub.net). Saturday, October  4,...

  • Footprints of Peace Celebration


    Philadelphia’s Sonia Sanchez, an internationally renowned poet and peace activist, lends her vision and hosts a joyful and transformative...

  • Kalmar Nyckel


    The Kalmar Nyckel Offers a wide array of sailing opportunities - from April through October.  Guests are invited to haul lines, set sails,...

  • Harry's Fall Bridal Show


    Everything you need for your perfect wedding!   Enjoy bridal fashions, fabulous door prizes, complimentary hors d'oeuvres and beverages and...

  • Love Letters


    The Pulitzer Prize-winning two character play explores the bittersweet relationship between Andrew Makepeace Lad III and Melissa Gardner. Over...

  • From the Hobble Skirt to the Little Black Dress: Fashion Fads, Trends and Innovations, 1910-1940


    Calling all vintage fiends—what, did you think the LBD was invented yesterday? Learn all about your favorite closet staple. 

  • Historic Automobile Display


    Be there for all the buzz when electric cars are the main event at the Auburn Heights mansion in Yorklyn.

  • Inaugural Keep Moving Forward 5K Sexual Assault Awareness


    Time Registration noon. Race start 1 p.m. Fee $20 (until the Thursday before the race at noon) $25 after Benefits  UD Sexual...

  • Harvest Market


    From honey and apples to pottery and handcrafted jewelry, regional artisans showcase their crafts in the courtyard of the Brandywine River...

  • Exalted Nature: The Real and Fantastic World of Charles Burchfield


    Charles Burchfield was one of the leading American artists of the 20th century. His vibrant landscapes steal the spotlight in this exhibition.

  • Carillon Concert


    Do you hear the bells ringing? Stretch out in front of Longwood’s historic 62-bell carillon as Doug Gefvert of the Washington Memorial...

  • Bike to the Bay 2014


    Location Starts at DelTech Terry Campus, 100 Campus Drive, Dover. Finishes at the Towers at Delaware Seashore State Park, 38036 Tower Road,...

  • American Idols


    John Moran presents glass sculptures of presidential busts, recast as heroes of American reality television.

  • Chester County Restaurant Festival


    This downtown West Chester festival offers fare from the area’s best restaurants along with crafters and music. We suggest the North...

  • Costumes of Downton Abbey


    The Crawleys are skipping the Atlantic—well, their clothes are. If you’re anything like us, you’re having trouble thinking of...

  • 35th Anniversary Show


    Fifty-nine artists show their chops with paintings, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, fused glass and more at this 35th anniversary celebration.

  • Delaware Mud Run


    Get sloppy at Delaware’s dirtiest 5K at Frightland in Middletown to benefit the Leukemia Research Foundation of Delaware.

  • Fiddler on the Roof


    The Candlelight Theatre has some celebrating to do: Its 10-year anniversary is this season. What better way to honor that than with one of the...

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