Rehoboth Beach Historical Society announces Sept. 11 and 25 walking tours

Jolly Trolley tours Sept. 4 and 18
September 2, 2014

The Rehoboth Beach Historical Society announces the start of fall walking tours featuring a 45-minute gentle stroll around downtown Rehoboth Beach starting at 9 a.m. at the Bandstand Thursday, Sept. 11 and 25. The cost of the tour is $10. Reservations are required and may be made by calling the Rehoboth Beach Museum at 302-227-7310.

Tours will provide general information about the history of Rehoboth Beach while touching on several of the storms that have shaped the coastline and the beachfront in town. Guide Jean Brolund will lead walkers from the Bandstand along Rehoboth Avenue, pointing out landmarks and providing photos of historical sites and events. Topics covered are the native peoples of the area,  Methodist Camp Meetings, hotels and railroad service, and Horn’s Pavilion.

Tours may move from the Bandstand south of Rehoboth Avenue. Topics covered include the Belhaven Hotel, restaurants of the past such as the Robert Lee, and Snyder’s candy store, Funland, and the shipwrecks near the Star of the Sea including the Merrimac, the Severn and the SS Thomas Tracy.

Tourgoers are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes and bring a bottle of water or fill up a water bottle at the historic Women’s Christian Temperance Union fountain on the Boardwalk, one of the landmarks mentioned on the tour. There are restrooms available at the Bandstand area.

The society also operates tours with the Jolly Trolley. The next trolley tours starts at 9 a.m. Thursday, Sept.  4 and 18. The cost of the trolley tour is $10 and reservations are required.

The Rehoboth Beach Historical Society promotes education about the history of Rehoboth Beach and operates the Rehoboth Beach Museum. Memberships are available. For more information, go to