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THANK YOU! We are grateful for all the support shown during our recent events! Your support is crucial to our long-term viability!

SUMMER TOURS: Each Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. beginning May 29 and

ending August 28, the Village is open for free tours. Click here for details.

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Who Are We?


The Ocean View Historical Society was incorporated as a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization in January 2008. Since then, our membership has grown to almost one hundred members and volunteers dedicated to preserving and interpreting the history of Ocean View, Delaware. We have expanded our mission to The Coastal Towns Museum at 40 West Avenue/ where the towns of Ocean View, Millville, Bethany Beach, South Bethany, and Fenwick Island have displays featured. Our Visitor’s and Education Center, known as Hall’s Store (as Ocean View was called in the 1800’s) is open for tours and has a meeting room available for rent. There is space for lectures, social events, meetings and educational lessons. The front of the building features a store similar to those of the 1800’s, and further enhances our programs.

All of these exciting accomplishments have led us to evolve into the Historic Village in Ocean View. This name encompasses our new mission of incorporating the stories of the towns of southeastern Sussex County, known as Baltimore Hundred – a place where seafarers, farmers, teachers, and entrepreneurs, work and live alongside tourists and families who have been here for centuries.

The 2015 Annual Report describes the growth of the Historic Village in Ocean View during its first eight years. Much happened, and this document recognizes by name many persons who contributed to the creation of the historic village that we enjoy today.


The mission of the Historic Village in Ocean View is to collect, preserve, interpret, and celebrate the history of Ocean View, Delaware, and the surrounding area of Baltimore Hundred.  We strive to meet the challenges of 21st Century coastal living by understanding and embracing our rich heritage.


Sustained by its members, volunteers, local businesses, and by the generosity of town, county, State and Federal governments, the Historic Village in Ocean View strives to:

  • Create and maintain a historic village depicting life in Baltimore Hundred, southern Delaware, from historic to present times
  • Develop and operate a museum to tell the story of southeastern Sussex County
  • Collect, preserve, and interpret local history via oral accounts, lectures, public events, re-enactments, tours, and artifacts
  • Promote public events of historical significance
  • Encourage the preservation and restoration of local historical assets

Historical Complex Study Guide


The Ocean View Historical Society DBA Historic Village in Ocean View is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit Corporation recorded in the State of Delaware Division of Corporations and physically located at 39 Central Avenue, Town of Ocean View, Sussex County, Delaware. The Society manages the Historic Village in Ocean View (the “Village”) consisting of the Tunnell-West Museum, Old Post Office, Chicken House Replica, and Hall's Store Visitor's and Education Center at 39 Central Avenue as well as the Coastal Towns Museum Complex at 40 West Avenue.

The Bylaws below outline the organization's structure and help the Board of Trustees guide continuing operations.

  • Bylaws (Coming Soon!)

Come visit us at the following locations. FREE admission when open.

Hall's Store Visitor and Education Center | 1860 Tunnell-West House | 1889 Old Post Office | 1923 Chicken House Replica

39 Central Avenue | Ocean View, Delaware 19970

Coastal Towns Museum Complex

40 West Avenue | Ocean View, Delaware 19970

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