The “First Town in the First State” is home to the nation’s first History Book Festival!

Welcome to the site of the first-ever book festival in the US devoted exclusively to the history of everything.

If you’ve ever been to a book festival, you know what a fun and enriching experience it is. If you haven’t, you’re in for a treat.  How much of a treat? Here's a brief recap of our inaugural festival in October 2017 (or watch our 2017 video below):

First, the History Book Festival kicked off with a fascinating keynote by James Swanson, the New York Times best-selling author of Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer, a gripping hour-by-hour account told through the eyes of the hunted and the hunters.

The following day, various Lewes venues hosted best-selling authors of historical fiction and non-fiction from all over the country who shared their insights, talked about their books, and answered questions. Book lovers were able to purchase books and have them signed by their favorite authors at the events throughout the day. Our inaugural event brought around 1,000 attendees out to our keynote and the various author talks around town and was well-received by our presenting authors and by our local community!

This is a singular experience for people who love to read and love history. Our inaugural topics included jazz, pirates, war, art, and the law. We are excited to make...and relive...history in Lewes, and we invite you to be a part of it!

Stay tuned for ongoing updates for our 2018 event - we are welcoming more authors on an even more diverse array of subjects!


Thank you to the following lead sponsors for their support of the History Book Festival!