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A Short Historical Timeline....

1872 Religious Founders purchased 414 acres for Camp Meeting Grounds.
1873 "The Rehoboth Beach Camp Meeting Association of the Methodist Episcopal Church" chartered. Summer Camp Meetings begun; boardwalk hotel and "tent" houses built. First Post Office opened.
1898 Railroad from Harrington to Rehoboth completed shipping passengers and freight.
1879 Rehoboth Beach Camp meeting Association became "Rehoboth Beach Association" by charter change. Surf House (first hotel) burned; original Henlopen hotel built. Railroad station built in center of Rehoboth Avenue.
1881 Camp Meeting activity discontinued. 1886 Lewes-Rehoboth Canal begun.
1891 First municipal charter granted by the Delaware legislature included name change to "Cape Henlopen City."
1893 Name changed to "Rehoboth." First lifeguard.
1901 First school opened.
1903 First mayor. First beach concessions. Horn's pier built, 150 feet into the ocean.
1906 Fire Company formed; two "chemical fire engines" bought. First Town Hall built.
1908 Larger school built. Electric-light system, w/street lights.
1914 Storm destroyed boardwalk, pier and pavilions. Surf Avenue was also washed out.
1915 Bulkheads and groins constructed. Lewes-Rehoboth Canal opened.
1918 First public gas pump for autos. Two ocean-going barges washed ashore, the Merrimac and the Severn.
1925 Paved road from Georgetown to Rehoboth; drawbridge built over Canal.
1926 City annexed south to Silver Lake.
1928 Railroad passenger service ceased.
1937 Name changed to "city of Rehoboth Beach." First City Manager employed.
1944 S.S. Thomas Tracy washed ashore
1962 Severe coastal storm destroyed boardwalk and many beachfront properties.
1968 City annexed areas on south side of Silver Lake.
1973 Centennial of Rehoboth Beach Camp Meeting Association.
1991 Centennial of Municipal Charter.
1992 Boardwalk again substantially destroyed by January nor'easter and again rebuilt.
2007 Rehoboth Beach Museum opens in November.

Admission to the Museum

Admission to the museum is by donation. The Rehoboth Beach Historical Society welcomes your support.

Our Hours

 Winter Hours   November 1 - Memorial Day (Open Fri, Sat & Sun)
    • Fri  • 10a - 4p  • Sat & Sun  • 11a - 3p
 Summer Hours    Memorial Day - October 31
     • Mon - Fri  • 10a - 4p  • Sat & Sun  • 11a - 3p

Our Address

Rehoboth Beach Museum
511 Rehoboth Avenue
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
302.227.7310