2 Exciting Events At Rehoboth Beach Museum This Thursday

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The walking tour highlighting Rehoboth Beach history is scheduled for this Thursday, August 3, at 9 a.m. The 50-minute tour costs $10 and meets at the bandstand. Look for the Lady with the pink umbrella!

The Rehoboth Beach Museum also invites members and friends to listen to stories of Rehoboth when grandma shopped for groceries at the local market in town, when horses and carriages were modes of transportation, and when Highway One was a simple two-lane road known as “State Road 14.” It was the age when people dressed to walk the boards and dances were held at the Henlopen Hotel and Belhaven Hotel!

This Thursday at 7 p.m., descendants of Edgar Bayard Riley will be at the Rehoboth Beach Museum. Seth Melchert and his family, descendants of Edgar Bayard Riley and William Herman Riley will share memories. Edgar Riley, a successful Wilmington hardware store owner, purchased property between Columbia and Henlopen avenues and built several houses and a cottage sometime at the beginning of the 20th Century. He was mayor of Rehoboth Beach from 1911 to 1912.

Melchert has organized old family photos to create a presentation about what life was like when the Rileys first came to the area. One of the first buildings was believed to be used as a hunting lodge; very different from what we think of Columbia Avenue now. Other members of the family will share reminiscences and answer questions.

The Rehoboth Beach Museum is at 511 Rehoboth Avenue. The program is free for Historical Society members. A $5 donation is suggested for non-members. Reservations are required. Please call (302) 227-7310 to make a reservation.