Historic Lewes Byway, Gateway to the Bayshore


  • DesignationState Byway (2009)
  • LocationDE
  • Length12.35 miles
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Delaware Department of Transportation
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Historic Lewes Byway, Gateway to the Bayshore


Located at the mouth of the Delaware River, Lewes was linked to Wilmington by the Kings Highway. The good harbor and light houses made it a major shipping channel, for rescuing passengers and crews of foundering ships, and for defending the Delaware Bay and adjacent communities. The byway captures the remarkable 378-year history as the First Town in the First State of the United States. Enjoy the museums, quaint shops, restaurants, and year-round activities. A must-see is the Great Dune that rises 80 feet above sea level and is famous for “walking” slowly across the pine forest in the Cape Henlopen State Park. The area is home wildlife and is a stopover for hundreds of thousands of migratory birds on the Atlantic Flyway.

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