The Cannonball House

The Cannonball House (HMK9X)

Location: Lewes, DE 19958 Sussex County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 46.553', W 75° 8.357'

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The War of 1812 had a major impact on the town of Lewes and surrounding area. The naval blockade that was initiated by the British in March of 1813 lasted for most of the next two years. With maritime commerce limited, the local economy suffered. The regular presence of troops resulted in the use of many structures in the town for military purposes, and a camp for militia and U.S. Army Regulars was established near Blockhouse Pond. During the bombardment of Lewes on April 6th and 7th, 1813, numerous homes and businesses were damaged by naval fire from the British squadron. Known today as the Cannonball House, this structure still bears visible traces of the engagement including an iron cannonball that is lodged in its foundation. Built circa 1760 and enlarged in the 1790s, the house was then the residence of the McCracken family. Owner Gilbert McCracken and his son Henry were among the many bay and river pilots who served in Delaware militia companies that provided important service in the successful defense of Lewes during the war.

The Cannonball House was purchased by the Lewes Historical Society in 1963. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Delaware Public Archives - 2003 SC-168
HM NumberHMK9X
Marker NumberSC-168
Year Placed2003
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, October 6th, 2014 at 9:56pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 487901 N 4291915
Decimal Degrees38.77588333, -75.13928333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 46.553', W 75° 8.357'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 46' 33.18" N, 75° 8' 21.42" W
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Area Code(s)302
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 100-198 Bank St, Lewes DE 19958, US
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