Historic Lewes

A natural side trip to the Nanticoke Heritage Byway is a visit to historic Lewes, where the state of Delaware has its roots in 1631. Originally a Dutch whaling colony, Lewes was the site of the first European settlement in Delaware. You can even visit the monument to this failed colony on Pilottown Road, which runs parallel to the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal. Also consider a visit to the Lewes Historical Society, which rests at the end of historic Second Street downtown. The Cannonball House, 1812 Park and the Lightship Overfalls are also great historical sites you can visit during a trip to the “First Town in the First State.” Learn more about Lewes by visiting the Lewes Chamber of Commerce online at leweschamber.com.

Top Destinations

The Nanticoke Heritage Byway is a hidden gem in southern Delaware that offers visitors a glimpse into the region’s rich cultural heritage and natural beauty. From stunning parks to historic mansions, here are some of the top destinations to visit along the Nanticoke Heritage Byway.

Woodland Ferry

Seaford, DE

Nanticoke River

Sussex County, DE

Governor Ross Mansion

Seaford, DE

Old Christ Church

Laurel, DE

Trap Pond State Park

Laurel, DE

Byway History

Discover the rich history of southern Delaware along the Nanticoke Heritage Byway, where each stop offers a unique glimpse into the region’s cultural heritage.


Seaford Museum

The Seaford Museum is a must-visit destination for history buffs and curious visitors alike


Ross Mansion

Step back in time and explore the lavish lifestyle of a wealthy 19th-century family at Ross Mansion in Seaford, Delaware.

Hearn and Rawlins Mill

Hearn & Rawlins Mill

Located in southern Delaware, Hearn & Rawlins Mill is a fascinating glimpse into the region’s agricultural past.

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Cannon-Maston House

Explore the rich history of the Nanticoke Heritage Byway at the Cannon-Maston House, located in Seaford, Delaware.


Seaford Train Station

The Seaford Train Station is a fascinating piece of southern Delaware’s transportation history.