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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, July 3 - July 9 . 7 Col. David Hall Chapter of DAR keeps .__ spirit of the revolution alive in Lewes POPULAR NANTUCKETT MODEL In the summer of 1776, when representatives of the 13 colonies were in Philadelphia signing the Declaration of Independence from Great Britain, Lewes was fiercely split and seething. As one of the largest towns in Delaware at that time, Lewes served as the gathering place for people of a wide variety of politi- cal stripes. Sussex County as a whole was far more sympathetic to the British cause than it was to the patriots. Most of the contact Sussex Countians had with the rest of the world came via ships that traded back and forth with the mother country. Many of the local enter- prises were built on business rela- tionships forged with British en- terprises for nearly three-quarters of a century. That economic secu- rity wasn't to be relinquished eas- ily. So while members of Dela- ware's regiment of the Continen- tal Army burned a painting of King George in Dover on July 5 after receiving word of the Decla- ration of Independence, Tories in Sussex County were already orga- nizing their opposition. Through- out the Revolutionary War, there were many recorded references to people in Sussex County aiding the British cause The Col. David Hall Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) formed in Oc- tober of 195 I in the Pilot- town Road home of He- iene Potter. "Betty Seimes, who lived in New DAVID HALL Castle Coun- ty - she was a Newkirk - married Dick Seimes of Dewey Beach. She was very interested in the American Revolution and formed our local chapter," said Potter this week. "She eventually became national president and became a member of our chapter in later years." With roots extending deeply in- to the revolutionary period, the Col. David Hall Chapter had little difficulty recruiting members who BAREF00TIN' Dennis Forney could satisfy the requirement of proving a direct genealogical link to a recognized patriot. Potter used her connection to patriot John Clowes as her ticket. The newly formed chapter of the DAR stirred Lewes's histori- cal cauldron in 1956 when it pub- lished the important "History of Lewes, Delaware and Vicinity." Written to a great extent by Re- hoboth Beach journalist Virginia Cullen, the book shone a spotlight on the rich history of Lewes that developed an interest continuing to grow today. The book notes the great divi- sions in Lewes. "The congrega- tions of the churches were divided in their feelings. The Presbyteri- ans, in general, opposed the King and the Rev. Matthew Wilson, pastor of the Presbyterian Church at that time, was very active against England. On one occa- sion, during a service, he had to flee when word was brought that the Tories [British loyalists] were approaching. Among the Episco- palians, who were very kindly dis- posed toward the mother country, there were several prominent Churchmen who were ardent pa- triots." Within just months of the Dec- laration of Independence being signed, however, a riot filled Lewes when attempts were made to hold elections for the new state assembly formed under the au- thority of the new nation. Dick Carter, in his "History of Sussex County" written in the late 1970s, reported on the riot: "Hen- ry Fisher, the lookout stationed in Lewes, reported that when the Continued on page 8 KINGS CREEK - This "big, little home" has just been completed for your inspection. The home features 3+ BR, 2 BA, greatroom with fireplace, huge master bedroom with cathedral ceilings, din- ing room, private nook, screened porch, sun deck and 2 car garage. Full golf membership included in selling price. KCCC's BEST BUY at $289,000! 123 BREEZEWOOD DRIVE. Four bedroom - two bath Cape Cod on large lot. Two car garage & studio. $149,900 57B DELAWARE AVE. REHOBOTH Three bedroom condo, second floor. Recently redecorated. $124,500 114 COLEMAN AVE. LEWES Near hospital. Five year-round apartments, 100'x125' Lot $299,900 "LiTi A The Maull House, owned and operated by the Col. David Hall Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, "'/f. was built around 1739 and is typical of homes in Lewes at the i] time the Declaration of Independence was signed. It was home to a number of river pilots who played an active role in , the war for independence. LEWES OFFICE REHOBOTH BEACH Lewes . 317 lehobothAvenue Delaware 199=8 Rehoboth Beach Delaware 19971 302-645-6100 302-227-4800 800-244-2501 800-955-6350 []