On Saturday September 9, the Rehoboth Beach Historical Society (RBHS) is set to light up the town of Rehoboth Beach. An “Illumination Night” of historic homes and buildings throughout the city, to illustrate the evolving architectural heritage of our beach community, will be held.
The Rehoboth Beach “Illumination Night 2017” event will focus on lighting-up the many historic structures in the city from 7-9 p.m.. Rehoboth Beach Museum Director Nancy Alexander said, “We are excited to say we have nearly 50 historic structures, including residential homes and businesses that will be participating. Most of the structures, built before 1950 and not substantially altered, will display white luminary bags, to indicate that they are part of the event. The Anna Hazzard house will boast oriental lanterns and parasols.”
Alexander said the Illumination Night will also include a celebration beginning at 7 p.m. at the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand, including music and a greeting from Roger Truitt, portraying the Rev. Robert Todd, founder of the Rehoboth Beach Camp Meeting Association, which beginning in 1873 developed Rehoboth Beach. This will be followed by tours of the historic Anna Hazzard House, with a portrayal in costume by Roger Truitt as Rev. Todd, and by Patricia Truitt as Anna Hazzard, who was the matriarch of early Rehoboth Beach real estate development and civic leadership. Those planning to attend can download a candle “App” on their phones to display when the Rev. Todd announces the Illumination will begin.
The historic illuminated homes will not be open to the public. Instead, a handout will list participating properties with some of the history of each property, if available. Residents and visitors will be encouraged to walk or drive throughout the city to view the homes and businesses that will be illuminated to highlight historic preservation.