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Ocean View and the neighboring communities of Millville, Clarksville, Bayard, Muddy Neck, Cedar Neck, Bethany, S. Bethany, and Fenwick, all part of Baltimore Hundred, make up coastal Delaware between the Indian River Bay and the Assawoman Bay. These villages have grown from small hamlets of subsistence farmers and seafarers into vibrant coastal communities. This part of Delaware is not only a wonderful place to live but also has a rich and interesting history.
The Ocean View Historical Society is seeking to preserve and share the rich history of these coastal towns through planned workshops, speakers, fundraisers, tours, and exhibits. Many local artifacts, generously donated by local history buffs, are on display in the Tunnell West House, the 1889 Post Office, the replica of Cecile Steele’s chicken house, and the Coastal Towns Museum. A Visitor’s Center, appropriately called Hall’s Store (as Ocean View was first named), of rotating exhibits and meeting space has been constructed, and awaits funding for its interior’s completion.