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December 27th, 2011

What’s Going On?, Toot the Horn, “Anchor Drop”, Lightship Overfalls, The only National Historic Landmark that does a “Ball” Drop, Historic Lewes, Delaware, 12/31, 11:55 p.m.



New Year’s Eve in Lewes, Delaware, is something not to be missed.  Weather permitting a full lighted anchor will be dropped from the mast of Lightship Overfalls, to its deck, with a countdown into the New Year.  This is an annual tradition.  It is the only National Historic Landmark that does a “ball drop”.

Lightship Overfalls was part of manned lightships or “floating lighthouses” that were started by the U.S. government in 1820.  It is one of the 17 remaining and one of only 7 of such vessels in the country that is still open to the public.  For more info., please visit

These floating lighthouses could be placed in deep waters where it was practically impossible to put fixed structures; they could also be moved easily.

In the mid 20th century new automated lights and radio signals made these vessels a thing of the past.

Lighthship Overfalls was built in 1938 and was one of the last to be built.  In 1973 it was given to the Lewes Historical Society.


Then, on 12/7/01 ownership was transferred to the Overfalls Maritime Museum Foundation.  It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

So, if you are in Lewes, for this last day of 2011, then put on your party hat and get down to the canal, right at Front and Shipcarpenter Streets.  Help everyone welcome 2012, toot the horn and drop that anchor.


Have a good time!!!

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