Fountain of Youth in Delaware.

Fountain of Youth

Field review by the editors.

Lewes, Delaware

Legend has it that the Fountain of Youth in Lewes was discovered by the area's first Dutch colonists in 1631. Perhaps this is true, for in the centuries that have passed Lewes has become a well-heeled bayshore community -- with lots of private docks for big power boats owned by suspiciously youthful, Dutch-looking rich people.

The tiny gazebo that marks the Fountain of Youth was built by the Lewes Chamber of Commerce in 1937. Curiously, the Fountain is now bone dry, and the rare, leftward-spiral conch shell cup that used to hang from the gazebo (said to boost the Fountain's regenerative powers) is missing.

A big sign next to the Fountain reads:

PRIVATE PROPERTY
FOR D.A.R. MEMBER USE ONLY

If this isn't a conspiracy by the superrich, then what is?

Fountain of Youth

Address:
Pilottown Rd, Lewes, DE
Directions:
Take US 9 to Lewes. Drive to the north edge of town, then turn left onto Front St., which turns into Pilottown Rd. Drive about a mile. You'll pass the intersection of New Rd/Rd 266 on the left. Just past this, a couple hundred yards, to your right, you'll see the Fountain.
Phone:
302-645-777
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