New Historical Marker In Lewes Tells The Story Of Block House Pond

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Delaware Public Archives Director Stephen Marz, Lewes Mayor Theodore Becker, State Rep. Steve Smyk, and Friends of George H. P. Smith Park President George Cole.

Lewes has a new Delaware Public Archives historical marker, at George H.P. Smith Park, detailing the history of Block House Pond.

Block House Pond is a natural spring-fed pond that has served as a valuable source of fresh water and ice. It was likely named for a blockhouse that was built in the 1670s. Local residents sought shelter at the block House during the bombardment of Lewes in 1813.

In the 1930s, the pond was drained for mosquito control efforts, but was later restored and the park was created in 1976.

DPA considers suggestions for the placement of historical markers and do not originate from the Archives. “[They] are the direct result of private citizens and groups working with their local elected officials,” Delaware Public Archives Director Stephen Marz said.

Speaking about the enthusiasm for history in The First Town in the First State, Representative Steve Smyk, R-Lewes / Milton said “I am sure we could place markers throughout Lewes commemorating its rich heritage.”

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