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Zwaanendael Museum features exhibit “Delaware and the War of 1812”

Written on: September 10th, 2014 in Events Exhibits Museums News

The service and sacrifice of Delawareans during the British-American conflict that took place between 1812 and 1815 are explored in the exhibit “Delaware and the War of 1812” that is currently on display through March 19, 2016 at the Zwaanendael Museum, located at 102 Kings Highway in Lewes, Del.

Illustration of a Congreve rocket barge from the exhibit “Delaware and the War of 1812.” Congreve rockets were used by the British in the bombardment of Lewes in 1813. This weapon was the inspiration for the term “rockets’ red glare” in “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Illustration of a Congreve rocket barge from the exhibit “Delaware and the War of 1812.” Congreve rockets were used by the British in the bombardment of Lewes in 1813. This weapon was the inspiration for the term “rockets’ red glare” in “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Designed to raise awareness of the important role that the state played as the front line in the defense of the economically vital Delaware Valley, the exhibit utilizes maps, illustrations and artifacts from the state’s collections to examine the history of the war within Delaware and its surrounding waters including the battle at Crow’s Shoal near the entrance of Delaware Bay and the bombardment of Lewes which both took place in 1813. Artifacts on display include muskets, swords and other weapons; ordnance; and a military drum utilized by the state militia.

Operating hours at the Zwaanendael Museum from Nov. 1 to March 31 are Wednesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. From April 1 to Oct. 31., operating hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays,  10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sundays, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. For additional information, call 302-645-1148.


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