This is Mary Vessels Memorial Park, a pocket park nestled between Second Street and Front Street in Downtown Lewes.
This is where you wander to sit and eat your King's Ice Cream when the porch in front of King's is too full on soft summer evenings.
Mary Vessels lived in the old Hall House across from our first house, on East Third Street in Downtown Lewes. We knew her for several years in the early 90's. She was a pleasant woman and a good neighbor. She passed away unexpectedly, and too young, at about the time that we had our first child and started looking for a larger home and ended up settling further towards the edge of town.
The Park was named in her honor a short time later.
A great pleasure of life in a town like Lewes is that every spot has history, people, and memories tied to it. As the people of the town, we're the links between those places and their stories. It's our responsibility to keep those memories alive; to keep the town connected to its past.