Home to 2,300 residents, Lewes is the county’s northernmost coastal town. Situated on the Delaware Bay rather than the Atlantic Ocean, this historic community claims the title of “The first town in the first state.” Known for its fishing marinas, Lewes is also the site of an enclave of historic buildings and homes, many of which were carefully restored and relocated to the town. In fact, the collection of historic structures that form the town’s charming commercial district forms a clear reflection of yesterday’s “fishing village” atmosphere. One of Delaware’s attractive “tourist towns,” Lewes manages to balance modern life with historic preservation at every turn. In 1931, the town commemorated its Tricentennial by constructing the Zwaanendael Museum, an architecturally amazing replica of a city hall in the Netherlands. Beebe Medical Center and the Barcroft Company represent major employers, although growth in all sectors is carefully managed to ensure quality of life. With its tranquil atmosphere and abundance of townhouses and condominiums, Lewes is growing in popularity as a retirement community.