Rehoboth Beach, Delaware Elderhostel

 

Delaware Bay at the Atlantic Ocean Sunset at Rehoboth Beach, DE

          We attended an Elderhostel program at Rehoboth Beach, Delaware that was sponsored by the Delaware Technical and Community College in Georgetown, Delaware.   Elderhostel is a learning program for people over fifty years of age and is usually run by in institution of higher education in the area.  

            The program we attended was directed at the history and life in this Delaware locale.   We stayed at a hotel at the ocean shore in Rehoboth Beach, did a walking tour of the beach area and we also visited places of interest in Lewes and Milton, Delaware as part of the program.         

 

            Lewes, Delaware is located on the mouth of the Delaware Bay near the Atlantic Ocean.    During World War II they had gun emplacements and built towers to sight submarines that were attacking the ships coming out of the bay and heading to Europe to support the war effort.   We climbed a tower and had great views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Delaware Bay and the lighthouses.  

            We also visited Lewes which is a charming city, with Victorian homes, and is the gateway of the Lewes, Delaware ferry to Cape May, New Jersey.   In Lewes, we visited the Zwaanendael Museum which conveys the story of the early Dutch settlers who first visited and settled this area.  We also visited Saint Peterís Episcopal Church and graveyard where at least three Delaware governorsí are buried as well as many other notables of an earlier time.

            A visit to Milton, Delaware, was on our agenda, is on the Broad Kill River and was known for boat building, buttons during the 19th century but today it is the home of the Dogfish Head Craft Brewery. Lovely Victorian homes and a river walk along the Broad Kill are the attractions of this Delaware town.   

            During our Elderhostel program we went to the Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge to see wildlife and foliage, but alas we saw only mosquitoes during the fall period that we were there.    It was, however, easy to see the beauty of the wildlife refuge and that the wetlands and the proximity to the Delaware Bay offer. 

             We attended this program with Lilaís brother, Harry and sister-in-law, Diane which made the experience ever more fun.   The staff and the other participants were wonderful as is usually the case with Elderhostel programs. 

 

World War II Towers at Cape Henlopen

River Walk along the Broad Kill River, Milton, DE Rehoboth, DE Beach Dunes
Zwaanendael Museum in Lewes, DE The Shore at Rehoboth Beach, DE