In 1631, the Dutch gave this whaling settlement the pretty name of Zwaanendael, or Valley of the Swans, before promptly getting massacred by local Nanticokes. The name was changed to Lewes (loo-iss) when William Penn gained control of the area. Today it's an attractive seaside gem with a mix of English and Dutch architecture – and loads of great restaurants. Pretty Cape Henlopen State Park is only 2.5 miles from downtown.
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