Come Visit the Overfallsand we'll give you a tour you won't forget!

The mission of the Overfalls Foundation is to preserve, teach and honor the lightships and their sailors of the United States and the maritime history of our community through the preservation and display of the Lightship Overfalls (LV-118) and its collection of associated maritime artifacts.

Built in 1938 for the U.S. Lighthouse Service, the LV-118 was decommissioned by the U.S. Coast Guard in 1972 and has been in Lewes, Delaware since 1973. LV-118, renamed Overfalls in honor of the Overfalls Shoals lightship station located nearby and the American lightship sailors that served there, is now preserved, maintained and operated by a dedicated team of volunteers.

Come visit our facilities and learn the story of how the ship went from near ruin to becoming a National Historic Landmark worthy of ship tours and public events. You will hear about the roles lightships played in American history and see what life aboard a lightship was like. We’ll introduce you to the Delaware Maritime Hall of Fame, explain what a Monomoy is and show you several life-size aids to navigation.

Don’t forget to visit the Ship Store and American Lightship Museum where you can learn more about the history of lightships and purchase ship related clothing, jewelry, original artwork, books, maps, and other items.

Plan Your Visit

The Ship, Ship Store and Museum reopen on Saturday, May 18th for the 2024 season.

The Ship, Ship Store and Museum will open at 11 am on Saturday, May 18th following a brief Opening Ceremony. Following that, they will be open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 4pm through Columbus Day weekend.

Ship Tours

Take a guided tour above and below decks of the refurbished Overfalls. The last daily tour starts at 3:30.

Group Tours and Off Season tours can be arranged by contacting our Director of Tours, Ted Hack, at (703) 819-1674 or

Lightship Overfalls Weather Station

The Lightship Overfalls Weather Station provides current local weather information and a live streaming camera feed of the downtown Lewes waterfront.


$5.00 – Adults & Children 15+
FREE – Children 14 and under
FREE – Overfalls Foundation members

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Upcoming Events


Canalside Happy Hour

Date: June 20, 2024 | Time: 5:00PM - 7:00PM

Overfalls Family Program – Fun With Flags

Date: June 21, 2024 | Time: 9:30AM - 11:00AM

Canalside Happy Hour

Date: July 18, 2024 | Time: 5:00PM - 7:00PM

Canalside Happy Hour

Date: August 15, 2024 | Time: 5:00PM - 7:00PM
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