History of Ryves Holt House
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The town of Lewes, originally called Swanendael, was first settled in 1631 by a group of colonist from the Netherlands. However, they where quickly annihilated by the Siconese, a local Native American Tribe. In 1659, a former area of Swanendael was refortified by the Dutch fostering the settlement of Lewes. At this time it was called Hoerenkill by the Dutch and later Whorekill by the English. Over the next few year the town would be raided and burned by Lord Baltimore's Solider's in near by Maryland, and then the town would be taken over by the English from the Treaty of Westminster.
Last updated: November 30, 2018