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The houses and hotels on the beaches had large verandahs for socializing. ent Bay permitted direct access to Ocean City where the cars could be moved northward on Baltimore Avenue and to a railroad station in the resort town. By the early 1880s, Ocean City was a thriving resort with direct rail connections to Wilmington, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C. Rehoboth Beach had a very different beginning. Its origins reflected the strong Methodist heritage of the Peninsula. Inspired by the successful Methodist-owned beach resort at Ocean Grove in New Jersey, several Wilmington ministers established the Rehoboth Beach Camp Meeting Association on January 27, 1872. Campgrounds including frame “tents� and a tabernacle seating 500 people were put up several blocks west of the beach. Hotels were soon erected, including the Surf House in 1873 and the Bright 66

September 2013 ttimes web magazine  

Tidewater Times September 2013

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