Showfield holds a unique history in the Lewes area. Originally known as Bay Manor Farm, it was owned by Otis H. Smith and Hazell M. Smith. The design and character of the community will bring together the historical aspects of the farm together with the omnipresent charm of Lewes.

Mr. Smith, owner of the Fish Company Products of Delaware located on Lewes Beach, brought the fishing industry to the forefront. In the 1960’s Time magazine wrote an article on the Smith’s fishing operations, which was touted to be the largest in the world. In addition, Mr. Smith served as the Mayor of Lewes for 18 years.

Mrs. Smith was active in harness racing for several decades and an active supporter within the Lewes community. In her later years, she was known as a local Lewes historian. The original Smith Family homestead still stands today on Gills Neck Road, which has long been a Lewes landmark.

Mr. Smith built two barns originally. The barn on the west side of the farm was built to house Mr. Smith’s prize bulls. He enjoyed breeding Hereford for show.  The remaining barn on the east side of the property was built in 1952 and housed Mr. and Mrs. Smith’s harness racing horses, known as standardbreds. Another unique feature of the property is the cement fence posts surrounding the farm which were built in Mr. Smith’s fish factory over 80 years ago and will be incorporated throughout the community. White’s Pond which lies on the northwest side of the property was a low lying area and it was later enhanced by Mr. Smith. The pond will be a main focus for the residents of Showfield and surrounding wildlife.

What’s in a name?
The name Showfield was established by Mrs. Hazell Smith, Mrs. Karen Parker and Mr. Bryce Lingo in honor of the annual horse show held on the property to benefit St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, The Children’s Bureau and the Lion’s Club. The “Show Field” was the farm field where the horse show was conducted. The street names of the community follow suit and reflect the names associated with the farm and horse show. One name which stands out in particular is Battlemixer. Battlemixer was the name of Mr. Smith’s prized bull that received a dignitary reception when he arrived at the Philadelphia Airport.

Showfield will reflect the class, elegance and architecture of the history behind this beautiful farm located in historic Lewes, Delaware.

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Email - carrielingoteam@jacklingo.com
Direct - 302-344-9188
Office - 302-645-2207

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