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Delmarva Atlantic Beaches by Harold W. Hurst

Several popular beach resorts have arisen on Delmarva’s Atlantic coastline since the post-Civil War era. The largest and best known of these vacation spots have been Ocean City, Maryland, and neighboring Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. The tale of these two seashore towns is one of the most fascinating features of the Peninsula’s long and varied history. The 1870s witnessed the rustic beginnings of both places. Ocean City literally rose out of the sands, largely

as a result of the efforts of a real estate developer named Stephen Taber. Taber, recognizing the beauty of Maryland’s coastline and its lovely beaches, bought up large chunks of coastal real estate at the average cost of about $15 per acre. A farsighted investor, he also bought land located along the route of a proposed railroad line from Berlin to Ocean City. Partially due to his efforts, the line was completed and a trestle constructed across the Sinepux-

The railroad brought city-dwellers to enjoy the fresh air of the beach. 65

September 2013 ttimes web magazine  

Tidewater Times September 2013

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