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All Saint’s Presbyterian Episcopal Church

“All Saint’s P. E. Church at Rehoboth Beach was built in 1893. During the “summer of 1892, Episcopal services were held on the porch of the Hotel Henlopen. On July 11, 1892, Bishop Coleman conducted a morning service, an evening service and Sunday School in the afternoon. On Dec. 29, 1892, Bishop Leighton Coleman, who […]

Village Improvement Association

At the turn of the 20th Century, Rehoboth Beach was a quaint church camp village and summer residence for many seeking relief from city life. Horses, wagons, and buggies traveled the streets. There were no paved sidewalks, crosswalks, street lamps, lifeguards, benches, water fountains, or trash cans. Lake Gerar was a swamp and Silver Lake […]

St. Agnes By-the-Sea Roman Catholic Church

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Surf Safety Line

When at the beach, women of the early 20th century wore woolen bathing attire that covered most of their bodies. When wet, the suits were heavy, and it became difficult to leave the surf and get back onto the beach without help. The women of the Village Improvement Association (VIA) solved this by funding Surf […]

Rehoboth Beach Public Library

The Rehoboth Beach Public Library was established by the Village Improvement Association (VIA) in 1912 in order to provide free access to books for the community. In its early years the library moved between VIA members’ homes and public spaces. In June 1942 the State Library Commission designated space for the library at City Hall, […]

Civil Air Patrol – Coastal Patrol Base Two

SC-205: Established in the opening days of World War II, the Civil Air Patrol was organized to provide civilian assistance with a variety of military activities including Coastal Defense. Utilizing privately-owned light aircraft, these citizen volunteers patrolled Atlantic waters in search of German submarines and their victims. Some of these planes were subsequently armed. A […]

History of Lake Comegys and Silver Lake

SC-238: Lake Comegys and Silver Lake are natural freshwater remnants of receding glaciers from the last Ice Age and are notable for their close proximity to the Atlantic Ocean, The Nanticoke Tribe held summer encampments around Silver Lake to gather shellfish from the ocean, and various Native American artifacts have been found along the lake’s […]

City of Rehoboth Beach

On January 27, 1873, the “Rehoboth Beach Camp Meeting Association of the Methodist Episcopal Church” was incorporated by the Delaware legislature for the purpose of establishing “a permanent camp meeting ground and Christian sea-side resort.” With the coming of the railroad in 1878, the growth of the community was accelerated. On March 19, 1891, an […]

Rehoboth Beach

RG #7180   1873 – 1899 Rehoboth Beach was initially a religious seaside resort. In 1873, Reverend Robert Todd, a Methodist minister from Wilmington purchased over 400 acres along the Atlantic coast of Delaware just north of the Rehoboth Bay and incorporated a religious society called the “Rehoboth Beach Camp Meeting Association of the Methodist […]

Storm of 1962

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