Lewes, Delaware —The Lewes Historical Society Valentines Antiques & Collectibles Sale and Historic Chocolate Making Demonstration will be held on February 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and February 15 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The Antiques and Collectables Sale will be held at the Rabbit’s Ferry House (at the Lewes Historic Complex, 110 Shipcarpenter Street) featuring a selection of small furniture, collectables, dishware, jewelry and more…for that special someone!
In addition, stop in Midway School #178 (also at the Historic Complex) for a sweet treat! Enjoy free historic chocolate-making demonstrations and samples given by a team of Mars Chocolate History Ambassadors.
EXPERIENCE American Heritage™ Chocolate Demonstration and Tasting.
Treat your taste buds to drinkable chocolate (better known to us today as hot chocolate) in a similar fashion to the Founding Fathers and Mothers. Become enamored with this taste of the past and you will have the opportunity to purchase American Heritage™ Chocolate yourself!
LEARN how chocolate arrived in America during the Colony Period.
According to “A Cup of Hot Chocolate, S’good for What Ails Ya”, by Mary Miley Theobald, CW Journal, 2012, “The largest area of trade, production, and sales would have been focused around port cities; Boston, New York, and Philadelphia.” The most likely source of chocolate arriving in Lewes would come into port on route to/from Philadelphia. The Delaware Bay and River acted as a major trade route in the 18th century and continues to be a hub of activity to this day.
HEAR about a local Lewes connection to colonial era chocolate.
In 1798 The English sloop De Braak boarded and captured a Spanish ship, which contained “a cargo of cocoa beans;” this incident was referenced in Donald Shomette’s 2007 book, Shipwrecks, Sea Raiders, and Maritime Disasters Along the Delmarva Coast: 1632-2004. The DeBraak later sank in a squall off of Lewes’s coast, the crew perhaps never having had a chance to enjoy their acquired chocolate.
The antiques and collectables being sold have been donated to benefit The Lewes Historical Society. The Society invites anyone who has antique items to donate to the sale to contact Antiques Sale coordinator Carl Orr at 302-645-8520. The proceeds from chocolate sales will benefit The Lewes Historical Society and are put towards educational and preservation programming.