Michael Morgan to hold book signing July 9

Michael Morgan has been writing freelance newspaper articles on the history of coastal Delaware for more than three decades. Morgan has also published articles in America’s Civil War, Baltimore’s The Sun, Chesapeake Bay magazine, Civil War Times, Maryland magazine, World War II magazine and other national publications.

Morgan is also the author of “Pirates and Patriots: Tales of the Delaware Coast,” “Rehoboth Beach: A History of Surf and Sand,” “Bethany Beach: A Brief History,” “Ocean City: Going Down the Ocean” and “Civil War Delaware: The First State Divided.”

Morgan’s newest book is titled “Hidden History of Lewes,” which was just published in April of 2014. The Indian River Life-Saving Station will be hosting Morgan for a presentation and book signing on Wednesday, July 9, at 7 p.m. The program is free to the public, and pre-registration is not required.

Proudly laying claim to the title of “First Town in the First State,” Morgan said, Lewes has a history brimming with little-known tales of gentlemen pirates, desperate acts of cannibalism and a failed British bombardment in the War of 1812. Another attempted invasion occurred in 1853, when raucous New England fishermen intent on having a good time were repelled by residents armed with clubs and an old cannon.

In 1926, he noted, the Cape Henlopen Lighthouse toppled onto the beach. With the light extinguished, bootleggers had an easier time plying their trade. On Jan. 5, 1932, a captured rumrunner was accidentally set ablaze when an oil slick caught fire on the Lewes & Rehoboth Canal.

Morgan explores stories of impromptu presidential dips, charismatic preachers, German POW camps and other lost tales from the history of Lewes.

For more information, contact the Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum at (302) 227-6991. For information on these or other programs at Delaware Seashore State Park, visit destateparks.com.