Photo courtesy of Alissa Rosenstein.
It’s a well-known fact that Rehoboth Beach had its humble beginnings in 1873 as a coastal retreat for religious gatherings and over the years it expanded to the popular summer vacation spot we know it to be today. But like every city or town in America, there was a lot more history to be made in the nearly 150 years Rehoboth Beach has been on the map.
The Rehoboth Beach Historical Society, founded in 1975, celebrates the founding and history of Rehoboth Beach through the operations of the Rehoboth Beach Museum. The museum preserves and displays showcase artifacts that illustrate the development of the community. Museum exhibits range from vintage postcards and bathing suits to original Civil War era maps and train schedules. Additionally, the Historical Society holds events such as the annual Beach Ball, luncheons, lectures, trips, tours, exhibits and other programs.
Celebrate the ladies who made Rehoboth Beach great in the museum’s current exhibit “Women of Rehoboth.” The exhibit features postmistresses, librarians, sharpshooters, photographers, businesswomen, and a mayor. Learn more about first-time voter Nettie Tappan Horn who delayed her marriage by a day to exercise her newly acquired right to vote, and about the lives of two women who founded a lesbian press.
The museum is located in the Old Ice House building at 511 Rehoboth Avenue. Admission is by donation and the hours are Monday and Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The museum is closed Tuesday through Thursday. Smaller memorabilia and artifacts can be found at the Anna Hazzard Museum located at 17 Christian Street. The museum, open in the summer season, is a 1870s tent house, and is named for Anna Hazzard, a former business owner and civic leader.
If you are a history buff, then consider becoming a member. The Historical Society offers various membership levels ranging from $25 to $100. Your membership dollars will help preserve and display items that tell the special history of life here at the beach. Members receive free museum admission, newsletters, free admission to lectures and other activities, and notice of ticketed events.
Click here for more information on the society and the museum.