The Lewes Historical Society’s 46th Annual Christmas Tour of Lewes will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 7.

The tour highlights the value of historic preservation in Lewes while presenting visitors with an opportunity to explore nine private residences in the local area. The society’s Shipcarpenter Street campus also will be decorated and alive with the spirit of the season offering participants the chance to taste, hear and see holiday traditions of the past. Live music, carolers, hot drinks and snacks will be available as roaming living history interpreters dressed in period attire celebrate the holidays along the fireside.

This year’s featured homes range from a historic 1700s renovated residence with museum-like qualities to a more contemporary house, built in 1995 and adorned with stained glass windows, a decorated staircase and an open concept kitchen. Many of the homes show examples of preservation in their unique architectural characteristics including retention of original fireplaces, hardwood floors and corner cabinets.

“Every year we have a great selection of exceptional houses, some historic, some new, and in a variety of sizes — but all with a story,” said Barbara Warnell, Lewes Historical Society board member and chair of the event. “People come from all over for the tour, make a day of it, see a few houses, lunch out at one of the great Lewes restaurants and of course enjoy the unique shopping opportunities here.”

Many of the historic buildings maintained by the Lewes Historical Society will be open for the day including the Ryves Holt House, the oldest structure in Delaware on its original foundation, dating back to 1665. The society’s Museum Store, located at 302 Savannah Road, will be open for the duration of the tour, as will the Lewes History Museum, 101 Adams Ave.

Tickets are $30 advance, $35 day-of, with children 12 and younger free with a paying adult. Proceeds will benefit educational and preservation programs at the Lewes Historical Society.

For more call 645-7670 or visit