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Tuesday, October 15, 2013


Peachy Deegan in her favorite Eco Swim suit on Rehoboth Beach, land of Go Fish!

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As it cools down in Manhattan, everyone surely is trying to squeeze in that one last beach day before it is really freezing.  In August, we took a trip down to Rehoboth Beach because our friend Richard's fantastic DC2NY has a new route going down there for the summer season.  And Manhattan, sadly, does not have a beach.  It has everything but.

We would go anywhere on DC2NY.  They are in a word, awesome.  They are reliable, they are clean and they are pleasant.  It is a pleasure to work with them.  If you are not living in Manhattan and think traveling here is not easy, the reverse is also true.  It is not easy to get out of here either because of the massive traffic flow which is virtually constant. DC2NY makes traveling a breeze and their upscale service is the best around.
Alison Blyth
If we leave Manhattan, we always want to go somewhere nice to eat.  We know many of the nice places here, but going somewhere new where you can't even walk by and check it out can be very iffy.  We are pleased to report our dining experiences at Rehoboth Beach were tops thanks to Alison Blyth and Hari Cameron.  Alison, next time we get down there we will have to be wearing our English shoes-Lotus or Posh Wellies.  We'll have to find out if they make summer shoes as well...if you haven't been reading us before this we are total Anglophiles and that means GO FISH is a must.
Hari Cameron

Our trip was quite short and we did not have time to do much touring because the beach was a priority for us.  We were delighted to speak to Carol Everhart of Rehoboth Beach's Chamber of Commerce prior to our arrival.  Here's what you should know this from the website of the town:

Rehoboth Beach is a welcoming, friendly community. One mile square, the seaside town has all of the modern amenities. It is a place where people can stroll down tree-lined streets, neighbors know one another, children play outside and a diverse community comes together to preserve the city’s charm and unique character. Click on the links to see what Rehoboth Beach has to offer, namely an energetic day and nightlife in a progressive, year-round resort.

The History of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

The earliest settlers to this area were Native Americans who traveled to the beach in the summer months to enjoy the cool breezes and abundant seafood. Between 1650 and 1675, English and Dutch settlers put down roots here as the area became home to farmers and members of William Penn's earliest legislatures. Later owners participated in the American War of Independence.

According to information from the Rehoboth Beach Historical Society, in 1872, Reverend Robert W. Todd of St. Paul's M.E. Church in Wilmington visited a Camp Meeting area on the Jersey Shore. He soon pursued the idea of starting a camp area here on the Delaware coast. In 1873, on 414 acres purchased from local farmers, the Rehoboth Camp Meeting Association was formed.

The grounds were laid out in a fan-shaped design with wide streets, parks and specific building lots. That design remains largely intact today.

While the Association discontinued its formal meetings by 1881, other groups utilized the site for services until about the turn on the 20th century. In 1891, Delaware's General Assembly established a municipality for the territory, naming it Henlopen City. In 1891, it was renamed Rehoboth Beach.

The Boardwalk, now a mile long, was originally built in 1873 on high ground between the beach and Surf Avenue, which ran the full length of the ocean front. Many storms have changed the configuration over the years; but in 1879, the original Henlopen Hotel was built on the site now occupied by a hotel of the same name.

With the coming of the railroad - which ran right down Rehoboth Avenue, the second block of Baltimore Avenue became the new center of camp meetings and city life. Many of the original tent houses (small one-room buildings surrounding a center structure) were moved there with new ones constructed as well.

In 1925, a paved highway was completed from Georgetown to Rehoboth Beach. It helped link the resort with the paved roads towards Washington, D.C.; and many legislators, diplomats and government employees began to visit and vacation here. It wasn't long before Rehoboth Beach came to be known as the "Nation's Summer Capital".

From it's beginnings as a spiritual center to the public's embracing of the seacoast as a mecca for leisure activity, Rehoboth Beach has developed as a close-knit seaside town. It's a nod to the past that the city's present day charter includes words that are nearly identical to several words from the 1872 charter of the Camp Meeting Association:

"the maintenance of a permanent seaside resort and the furnishing of proper conveniences and attractions requisite to the same."

Downtown Rehoboth Beach came of age in the era of Victorian influences and evolved throughout the 20th century to change with the times. Both the residential and commercial area, despite their growth and maturation, have retained the warm and friendly charm and ambiance that reflect Rehoboth Beach's historic past.

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