Generations of local families have charted a course to keep a racing tradition alive.

By Jeanne Shook
From the August 2019 issue


In August 1932, as Lewes Beach resident George E. Davisson observed small boats sailing on Delaware Bay, an idea was born. The owner of a small sailboat himself, Maj. Davisson — as he was known — was eager for competition. Why not, he wondered, establish a sailing association to promote racing?

After consulting with fellow Lewes resident Marjorie F. Virden, the two arranged a gathering of other boating enthusiasts from the community and proposed the formation of a sailing club. The idea was well received, and within two weeks the Lewes Yacht Club was established and held its first race.

The competition was rooted in a time-honored practice.


In the world of arts and letters, Howard Pyle was a luminary. But in turn-of-the-century Rehoboth, he was something even more admirable each summer: a family man extraordinaire.

By Michael Morgan
From the August 2019 issue


In the summer of 1896, nationally known artist, writer and devotee of the beach Howard Pyle emerged from an oceanfront cottage and headed for the surf. Leading a gaggle of youngsters of varying ages — and with a 2-year-old toddler perched on his shoulder, giggling with every step — Pyle scampered across the glistening sand and plunged into the breakers. After several dips in the curling foam, he dashed back across the beach to deliver the happy 2-year-old to a nanny. Such was the daily ritual of Pyle, his young daughter Eleanor, and the rest of his family at Rehoboth Beach.

Among America’s more influential figures in the arts and letters, Pyle was highly regarded in his time, but his life and legacy are little remembered in the 21st century.


Increasingly, houses in coastal Sussex are being built to withstand all Mother Nature can throw at them

By Lynn R. Parks
From the August 2019 issue


Recent studies tell us that the Atlantic Ocean along the Eastern Seaboard of the United States is rising more quickly than seas elsewhere around the world. Some estimates say that by the end of this century, the waters along the Sussex coast could be 3½ feet higher than they are now.

That makes home builder Randy Burton curious. In fact, he’d like to be around in that distant future to see how some of the oceanfront houses his Lewes-area company has constructed are holding up.

“It’s kind of fascinating to think about,” says Burton. “I wish that I could fast-forward a couple hundred years, just to see how the houses look.”