Home of the Lightship Overfalls in
Historic Lewes, Delaware
The Overfalls is one of only 17 remaining lightships out of
a total of 179 built from 1820 to 1952. Designated a National
Historic Landmark in 2011, it is one of seven lightships
in this country still open to the public. (What
is a lightship, you ask?)
Come visit the Overfalls!
We are opened for guided tours above and below decks five days a week (Thursday through Monday) seasonally. Check out the tour information and seasonal schedule here.
News and Events Summary
In the News with WBOC
Click here to see the WBOC Overfalls video
In the News with the Cape Gazette
Click here for coverage of the 2014 anchor drop!
Friday March 14th, St. Peters Hall 7:30 pm
Presentation by J. Stuart Griffin on the History and Experiences of the Delaware Pilot Association
Click here to see a presentation summary.
Season Opening Party - Paint the Town Big Red!
Friday May 23 at The Virden Center 6-9 pm
University of Delaware, 700 Pilottown Road Lewes, DE 19958
Grand Opening Dedication!
Stephanie Anne Pilot House and the Lightship Museum
Wednesday June 4 at the Overfalls Lightship 4 pm
Click HERE For a complete listing of Upcoming Events
St. Peters Hall is located at 211 Mulberry Street, Lewes DE
2014 Hall of Fame Nomination
Click HERE For The 2014 HOF Nomination Form
Membership Message from Tracy Muveny
Happy New Year to all our Overfalls supporters!
As the year draws to a close it is appropriate to reflect on the highlights of 2013 for the Overfalls Foundation.
Special projects begun a year ago are coming to fruition. In 2013 we saw the installation of the “Stephanie Ann” pilot house behind our Ship Store (more). By opening day of 2014 (May 24) the museum inside will be ready to host visitors. I am confident our visitors will enjoy learning more about the life and work of lightships and their sailors in this unique and historic setting.
Our other project “the Monomoy surfboat restoration” is nearing completion as well. This boat should be onsite and ready for use by mid-summer of 2014. While this has been a challenging restoration process, the reward of a usable exhibit that can engage young people in the maritime experience has been inspiring. Please read about the Monomoy on our website (more).
Sadly, 2013 brought the loss of one of our most loved members, shop manager Chuck Oakes. Chuck almost single-handedly kept our “rust bucket” alive during the painful and challenging years of restoration. His love and belief in LV 118 never faltered. He will be sorely missed (more).
It is thanks to all our members and supporters that we are able to continue to move forward in our mission to preserve and teach the Lightship Overfalls and maritime history. The year 2014 should be even even more exciting. I hope you will be inspired to continue your support.
Thank you all and HAPPY NEW YEAR!
New Planned Giving Program Introduced
At the April 14 2013 Annual Breakfast meeting, Dave Bernheisel and Tracy Mulveny introduced the new Planned Living program. Read about it here.