OC Boardwalk History and the OC Life-Saving Station Museum
In 1892, the Ocean City boardwalk was just a few piece of wood laid across the sand to get from the hotels to the beach.
The first official boardwalk was constructed in 1892 and a few years later the Trimper family built an amusement resort and the boardwalk was expanded in 1900.
Sandy Hurley, Curator of the Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum, says the boardwalk has grown over the years just as the town as grown. She said by the 1960’s, the boardwalk made it all the way to 27th St. In 1991, the town built a sea wall to protect the boardwalk from storms. Recently, the entire boardwalk was spruced up with new boards. The OC boardwalk consists of 2.5 miles of shops, restaurants, and hotels.
Corey Phoebus recently stopped by the OC Life-Staving Station Museum to learn more about the history and many treasures it encompasses.
This building was built in 1891 for the United States Life-Saving Service. The building was moved in December 1977 and stands tall at the OC Inlet.
“Over the years, museum society members have collected artifacts, so it didn’t just happen over night. It’s been 35-40 years of hard work and dedication by the museum society to collect these things,” Sandy says.
In the past the life-saving service and the Coast Guard had a purpose for every room in the museum. The rooms have since been updated to help share the stories of the history of Ocean City.