Ryves Holt House

Ryves Holt House (1665) is purportedly the oldest surviving house in the U.S. state of Delaware. It is located at 218 Second Street in Lewes, Delaware.

Ryves Holt House
Ryves Holt House

The building, which has been dated to 1665 using dendrochronology, served as one of the earliest inns in the region. It was run for a time by Philip Russell, who was "recorded as a cupbearer to William Penn".[1] After coming to "Port Lewes" in 1721, Ryves Holt, the first Chief Justice of Sussex County, purchased the house. The Lewes Historical Society currently owns and operates the building.[2] On December 30, 2014, the Ryves Holt House was added to the First State National Historical Park.[3]

Ryves Holt House

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Delaware - A Guide to the First State , (READ BOOKS, 2008) pg. 204 https://books.google.com/books?id=KY3dUiy-4LMC
  2. ^ "Museums of The Lewes Historical Society". The Lewes Historical Society.
  3. ^ "The Ryves Holt House Included In First State National Historical Park". The Lewes Historical Society. Retrieved February 15, 2015.

External linksEdit

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