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The town of Ocean View is located one mile west from Bethany Beach at the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian River Bay. Part of a 500-acre tract of land known as “Middlesex,” Ocean View was granted to Matthew Scarborough by Lord Baltimore and originally known as Hall’s Store. Legend tells that nineteenth century residents could see the ocean from to the second floors of their homes, so they changed the town’s name to… Ocean View.
Back in the day, many citizens lived as seamen working the waters of the Atlantic Ocean, Delaware Bay or Chesapeake Bay, or as farmers and entrepreneurs like Cecile Long Steele, who raised the area’s first flock of broiler chickens. Setting off the commercial broiler industry from Ocean View in 1923, the poultry/broiler industry is still the state’s #1 agricultural enterprise.
While farming was the norm through the 1960s, it gave way to a retirement community development. The Bethany-Fenwick Chamber’s website, “Ocean View is best described as a friendly community comprised primarily of retirees and “A Place to Come Home to” with less than 2000 year-round residents, the median age of residents is 51 years.
The Town sponsors a few annual events including the summertime Concerts in the Park, the annual Christmas time Carols and the Ocean View Homecoming and the Town also has an active Historical Society with over 100 members. Adjacent to Ocean View is the Town of Millville where residents have access to services, grocery stores and restaurants, while neighboring Bethany Beach offers its Boardwalk strolling and the ocean.