Ryves Holt House

This house, built in 1665 in Lewes, Delaware by early Dutch settlers, is thought to be built thirty years after the destruction of the nearby ill-fated Zwaanendael colony, one of the first Dutch settlements in America, and first European settlement in Delaware. It survived the Lord Baltimore raids, which eventually led to the English taking control of the area. The house was purchased in 1723 by its namesake, Ryves Holt, who served as the first Chief Justice of Delaware from 1745 until his death in 1763.

The red Ryves Holt House is photographed on a sunny day.
The red Ryves Holt House is photographed on a bright sunny day.

Learn and Explore

Things To Do

Today, visitors can take a tour of Historic Homes and museums, enjoy trolley tours of the town and attend seasonal events such as: Christmas Tour of Lewes and Craft Fairs.

Hours of Operation

January through March:


June through October:


November 1st - December 1st:

Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday: CLOSED
Wednesday - CLOSED
Thursday: 11:00pm - 3:00pm
Friday:11:00pm - 3:00pm
Saturday:11:00pm - 3:00pm
Sunday: 11:00pm - 3:00pm
CLOSED Thanksgiving Day November 22nd

December 2nd-Decmber 31st:

Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday: CLOSED
Wednesday - CLOSED
Thursday: CLOSED
Friday: CLOSED
Saturday:11:00pm - 3:00pm
Sunday: 11:00pm - 3:00pm
CLOSING Early at 2pm on Sunday December 23rd


218 Second Street, Lewes DE 19958

Contact Information

This site is interpreted by our partners at the Lewes Historical Society. For questions regarding tours, special programs, or hours please visit their website or call them at (302) 645-7670.

Last updated: November 30, 2018

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

New Castle Court House Museum
Attn: First State NHP
211 Delaware Street

New Castle, DE 19720


(302) 544-6363
This phone number is not staffed. You can leave a message on the park's main phone number (302-544-6363) and we will return your call as soon as possible. If you are visiting one of the seven sites, and need specific information, please refer to the "Places to Go" page for phone numbers and addresses of each site.

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