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“Delaware and the War of 1812” exhibit to close on March 19, 2016

Written on: February 22nd, 2016 in Exhibits Museums News

Sunday, March 19, 2016 marks the last chance for visitors to enjoy the exhibit “Delaware and the War of 1812.” The exhibit, on display at the Zwaanendael Museum, located at 102 Kings Highway in Lewes, Del. has been open since Dec. 1, 2012. Operating hours through the closing of the exhibit are Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. For additional information, call 302-645-1148.

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.”

Planned and created by the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs, “Delaware and the War of 1812” illuminates the service and sacrifice of Delawareans during the British-American conflict that took place between 1812 and 1815, raising 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.

 


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