LEWES MARITIME MUSEUM AT CANNONBALL HOUSE

(Cannonball House)

118 Front Street, Lewes, DE

(302) 645-7670

Status: Former Residential Home; Former Restaurant; Former Retail Store; Museum; Heritage Property

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History

This building was constructed circa 1765. It was first used as a home for 2 pilots on the bay and river.

It gained its famous name from a cannonball – which can still be seen here – fired from a British frigate in the War of 1812 that embedded itself in the wall of the house. The building has been used as a restaurant, a laundry store and was even the mayor’s office for a while.

In the early 1960’s efforts began to save the historical houses in Lewes which were beginning to suffer the ravages of time. This house was bought in 1963 by the Lewes Historical Society who converted it into a maritime museum.

 

Paranormal Activity

There are two ghosts said to haunt this house.

Phantom footsteps are heard walking back and forth on the second floor. This is thought to be an unidentified woman pacing while she awaits her husband to return from the sea.

The second ghost is that of Sarah Rolan who is said to have stood to close to the fireplace and had her dress caught on fire. The fire spread quickly up her dress causing her a painful death. Sarah is known to cooperative with investigators and even answer questions. Unsurprisingly, she responds to any flame and some light sources.