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Cannonball House (David Rowland House)

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David Rowland House
Before 1797. 118 Front St.
  • (Photograph by Matthew Aungst)
  • (Photograph by Lindsay Long)

Now a nautical museum, the plain, two-story cypress-shingled dwelling supposedly received damage to its brick foundation by a cannon-ball during the British bombardment of Lewes in 1813. In 1938, it housed offices, and later it became a restaurant. By 1961, however, it was vacant and had a laundromat attached, having become so decayed that brick nogging showed through the walls. The Lewes Historical Society was formed in the latter year to save the landmark and restore it (1964–1968, George F. Bennett). The wing was moved from a house in Millsboro. A nearby park, redesigned in 1914, features historic cannons memorializing the bombardment.

Writing Credits

W. Barksdale Maynard


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W. Barksdale Maynard, "Cannonball House (David Rowland House)", [Lewes, Delaware], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Delaware

Buildings of Delaware, W. Barksdale Maynard. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2008, 271-271.

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