Cape Gazette

Lewes homes open doors for 40th annual tour

Lewes Historical Society sponsors yuletide happening
Dec 16, 2013
Photo by: Ron MacArthur The streets of downtown Lewes are busy as people attend the 40th annual Christmas Tour of Lewes.

Nine homes, Lewes museums and historic buildings, downtown churches, Zwaanendael Club and the Lightship Overfalls were decked out for the holiday during the 40th annual Christmas Tour of Lewes, sponsored by the Lewes Historical Society. Also as part of the Dec. 7 event, Children's Beach House held its annual holiday art show, and Lewes Yacht Club had its annual crafts show. The event was presented by Community Bank Delaware.


Volunteer docent Candace Vessella talks about the large greenhouse window in the dining room of the home of Arlene and Don Matzkin. The home, built in the 1940s, is known as the Marshall House. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
A Christmas tree welcomes visitors to the home of Karen Valihura. The 1890s home is in the final stages of restoration designed by the owner. Visitors entered in the former commercial area, once a shoe repair shop and sweet shop. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Lines are long at this home owned by Amy and Craig Felker. Once known as the Old Bethel Church, the home on Mulberry Street dates back to the late 18th century and early 19th century. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Old wooden shoes with greenery serve as an outdoor holiday window treatment for the Felker home on Mulberry Street. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
A sprig of pine accents wooden shoes in the porch of a house on Mulberry Street. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
A 17th century Dutch painting is the focal point in the living room of a Second Street home owned by Nancy Staisey and Stan Divorski. The room also features a large fireplace built with stone salvaged from the Cape Henlopen Lighthouse. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
In a clever touch, the owners of this Second Street home have replaced pool balls with Christmas balls. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Christmas decorations fill the home of Nancy Staisey and Stan Divorski. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Sisters Sierra, left, and Peytan Walters of Magnolia show off the handmade Christmas ornaments they created in the Lewes Historical Society Complex old schoolhouse. It was one of several historic buildings open during the house tour. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Dover-area folk artist Kathy Besche shows off her newest painting – Hopkins dairy farm – at the Lewes Yacht Club craft show. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
A Christmas tree is the centerpiece in the Staisey-Divorski home on Second Street. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Whimsical creations done by MacKenzie Childs fill the Mary McLeod home. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
The McLeod home is a mixture of Christmas characters and antiques. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Vistors view the spacious and open kitchen and dining area of the McLeod home. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
The open-concept living room is an addition to this house in Shipcarpenter Square. The core of the 19th century farmhouse was moved in 1990 from the Dodd farm off Route 1 to Lewes. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Restored, old post office cubicles now serve as storage for wine and other items at the home of Rosanne and Bob Dillman. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Lights and greenery adorn the large kitchen window in the Dillman home in Shipcarpenter Square. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Even a rusted, old lantern can serve as a Christmas decoration. The lights greet visitors to the Dillman home. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Shoppers and vendors mix at the Lewes Yacht Club craft show. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Lewes author and illustrator Caryl Ekirch Williams signs a copy of her book, "The Words," at the Lewes Yacht Club craft show. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
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