WHAT IT IS LIKE IN 1884
REHOBOTH BEACH & LEWES
BY TCZ OF
THE READING TIMES
The Attractions of this New Seaside Resort - Finest Beach on the Coast
Fishing and Gunning - The Peach Crop - Reading Visitors – And More.
A week at Rehoboth Beach on the Delaware shore, opposite Cape May, has convinced this writer that for bathing purposes , which combines absolute safety, a gently sloping beach, mild surf,
there is no other seaside resort of such superior attractions within our immediate reach.
Although, thousands go into the surf at this point, the claim that no one has been drowned, remains uncontested.
The bathing beaches are directly in the front of the hotels, at Douglas House, where the writer is staying, the surf is but 30 yards distant. This is a convenience not to be forgotten. The beach is as good as that of Cape May, much finer that that of Atlantic City, and that of Scarborough on the Maine coast. It is by far free of the treacherous surf had at Long Branch.
Rehoboth is the seaside possessions of a half dozen or so prominent Pennsylvanians, one being the Hon. F. W. Hughes, distinguished lawyer of Pottsville.
The value of the property, a less that 300 acre farm, whose worth was set at $8000, brought the Martin family, $45,000. It is unfortunate that property which abates this beach will be disposed of at unreasonable high figures. Hear say is that as single acre has been asked for at $10,000 and some owners have priced lots for $1000. Such will no doubt slow the improvement of the beach location.
The attractiveness, briefly summed up are; a safe and easy accessible beach, a surf which is finer that any other along the coast, a large bay for sailing and fishing close by, good drinking water, excellent society and great hotels.
The Douglas House, frequented by distinguished families of Delaware and citizens of Baltimore and Washington, D.C., appears to be the favorite stopping place. Well known, prosperous, names can be found on the hotels ledgers, a very long list to say the least. The Reading guests list swelled during the writers visit, and will increase as the people of Reading know as good thing when they see it.
Sitting on the front porch of the Douglas House one has the unobstructed view of the Atlantic Ocean, the lights of Cape Henlopen and Cape May, at Lewes, the Delaware Breakwater, harboring large sea going vessels. Nearly every room of the Douglas House afford the same view.
Close to Rehoboth is Lewes, about five miles away, north, an ancient and historic town, Milford, the southern terminus of the Wilmington & Northern Railroad, and peach orchards which supply the cities to the north and west.
Reading Times. Reading, PA., Wednesday September 10, 1884.