PRESERVING OUR RICH HERITAGE
Engaging initiatives to preserve our coastal heritage
The Historic Village in Ocean View 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 and residents whose families date back generations, are on display in the 1860 Tunnell-West House, the 1889 Post Office, the replica of Cecile Steele's 1923 Chicken House, and the Coastal Towns Museum. A Visitor's and Education Center, appropriately called Hall's Store (as Ocean View was first named), of rotating exhibits and meeting space was constructed and is now open and available for tours and room rental.
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During their first eight years, Historic Village in Ocean View members envisioned and built a historic village on the Tunnell-West property at 39 Central Avenue in Ocean View. The downstairs of the Civil War era house is now complete and furnished with period furniture and artifacts. There is an 1800’s two-seater outhouse that stands beside Ocean View's first free standing 1889 Post Office. Next to the Post Office is an exact replica of Cecile Steele’s first broiler house used to mass produce chickens for their meat, not for their eggs.
We acquired the Evans West House at 40 West Avenue, in 2017, thanks to the generosity of the grandchild and great grandchild of the Evans family, and have created the Coastal Towns Museum - a venue to display artifacts and stories of the Coastal Towns of Ocean View, Millville, Bethany, South Bethany, and Fenwick Island.
TUNNELL-WEST PRESERVATION PROJECT (TWPP)
Due to the steadfast commitment of our local representatives, Representative Ron Gray and Senator Gerald Hocker, we were successful in securing significant funding through an allocation in the Community Reinvestment Fund (CRF) that is part of the State of Delaware's FY2024 Bond and Capital Improvements Act to begin the exterior restoration of our foundational structure, the Civil War-era 1860's Tunnell-West House. We are continuing to accept additional donations for this project.