The Ryves Holt House Is Delaware's Oldest Building, Dating Back To 1665
It’s no secret that Delaware is full of old, storied buildings. In fact, there are dozens of surviving structures here that are older than the country itself! Plan a trip to see the oldest building in Delaware – the 354-year-old Ryves Holt House – and you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time. You’ll fall in love with one of our most charming and historic towns, and this iconic home is beautiful all year old.
Lewes is well known for being the "First City in the First State," and history buffs love visiting this seaside town.
In the quaint historical section maintained by the Lewes Historical Society, you can practically travel back in time!
Throughout the year, the Society hosts events with reenactors, welcoming every season and hosting a huge holiday celebration.
You'll find the oldest building in Delaware here in the heart of Lewes.
The building was originally an Inn - one of the first in the region - and it dates back to 1665!
Philip Russell, a cupbearer to William Penn, ran the Inn for some time upon settling in the area. Eventually a Sussex County justice named Ryves Holt purchased the building.
Holt lived here for years, and after his death, the house continued to be occupied and changed hands many times. Finally, the home was acquired by the Lewes Historical Society.
The Ryves Holt House is now the Lewes Historical Society Visitor’s Center, and it’s so worth stopping by to see it up close.
Visit the Society’s website, here, for hours and information.
While you’re in town, be sure to make time to see
This Historic Park That’s One Of Delaware’s Best Kept Secrets. It’s right around the corner from the oldest building in Delaware.
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