Ocean View tries to save town's history

The Ocean View Historical Society invites the public to a presentation by Edward McWilliams, the Delaware Curator of Museums, on Tuesday, Nov. 18 at 1 p.m. at town hall.

McWilliams plans to share his vision for The Coastal Towns Museum in Ocean View, formally known as the Shore family house, located at 39 Central Ave. He has visited the house on two separate occasions, taking notes and getting a feel for the space. Tuesday’s presentation will be his collective vision for the future of the museum.

According to the Ocean View Historical Society, there is no Delaware museum south of the Indian River Inlet. They feel with the exploding growth in the area, the necessity for a museum has become more and more apparent. After negotiations with the town, the old Shore family house is being leased and plans for renovations and fundraising are ongoing.

“The history of Ocean View is dying,” said Councilman and OVHS member Dr. Richard “Dick” Nippes, back in October. “There is still plenty out there, but if we don’t preserve it, it will be lost forever.”

The Ocean View Historical Society has big plans for the house and believes that the creation of the museum is a step in the right direction of bringing residents together in the unified spirit of preserving the town’s rich culture and history.

Residents from surrounding coastal towns including Bethany Beach and Millville as well as Ocean View are encouraged by the plan that poses to breathe life into the old house as it becomes the new center of the town’s proposed historical district.

As Curator of Museums, Mr. McWilliams is presently responsible for all the exhibits in state museums throughout Delaware. Locally, he assisted and trained the Bear Trap Dunes Historical Society during the two years of planning and implementation of the “Bear Trap Dunes: Then and Now” exhibit.

First of fundraising events a success

The Ocean View Historical Society has received their 501c(3) non-profit status and recently held their first of several fundraisers to benefit the renovation of the house. Their ‘Sock Hop,’ held Nov. 8 at Bear Trap was a ‘huge success.’ There was a packed room filled with dancers, silent auction and raffle winners and guests decked out in ‘The Fonz’ style leather jackets, jeans and white t-shirts as well as poodle skirts and sweaters. The Ocean View Historical Society would like to thank all the merchants, artists, golf courses, restaurants and spas in the area for silent auction and raffle items.

They would like to extend special thanks to D.J. Don Minyon who also was the Master of Ceremonies; The Bear Trap Dunes Clubhouse management for use of The Dunes Room; the staff for their excellent service; and ‘each and every neighbor and friend from the community who supported the event.’