Zwaanendael Museum in Lewes, Delaware

This traditional Dutch-style building houses a not-so-traditional inhabitant: A Fiji merman. From its perch atop a princely blue velvet cushion, the monster-like creature greets visitors in all its grotesque glory.

The Zwaanendael Museum was founded to commemorate the 300th anniversary of Zwaanendael, the first Dutch colony in Delaware. A statue of David Pietersen de Vries, the leader of the group that founded the settlement, crowns the roof.

With its stepped facade, intricately carved...

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