Rehoboth’s History


    In 1872, after being inspired by time he had spent near the sea-side, Reverend Robert W. Todd from Wilmington, Delaware lead in purchasing 414 acres of land in Rehoboth Beach. He then establish the “Rehoboth Beach Camp Meeting Association of the Methodist Episcopal Church” in 1873 as a camp meeting resort. The name “Rehoboth,” came from a Virginia colony in the 17th century, which had been named by English explorers. It translates from Hebrew, as “broad places.”

    The railroad soon followed this new development, in 1878. Restaurants, businesses and hotels started to develop around the campgrounds. By 1881, camp meetings discontinued, but life still flourished in the area. Rehoboth Beach took on many name changes during this time. Called “Rehoboth Beach Association” in 1879, it’s name changed a second time to “Cape Henlopen City,” and then changed to “Rehoboth” in 1893.

    The natural process of development ensued with a school being built and Rehoboth’s first mayor being instated in 1903 along with the first beach concessions that we still enjoy to this day. In 1906, the first Town Hall was constructed, and the first paved roads were established in 1927. For one final time, Rehoboth’s name was changed to the “City of Rehoboth Beach,” in 1937. Throughout the years, Rehoboth’s popular boardwalk was destroyed multiple times by storms, and rebuilt each time. The last incident was as recent as 1992.


    • Boardwalk- Rehoboth’s boardwalk stretches for the length of a mile. All along your stroll, you will take in the beautiful skies, white sand and soft waves of the beach alongside the boardwalk. On the opposite side of the boardwalk, restaurants, boutiques and shops colorfully align with doors open to beach visitors.
    • Shopping- Stay close to the water and visit specialty shops with wide varieties of goods or wander through unique boutiques with beach themed gifts, clothing and more. For serious shoppers, just a short drive away from the boardwalk, you can visit the Tanger Outlets with many popular brand stores available.

    Rehoboth offers a beautiful beach, a mile-long boardwalk that is one of the best on the east coast, wonderful unique shops (and outlet stores!), galleries, and an incredible variety of great restaurants. Some of the town’s most popular events take place in the autumn, including the Seawitch Festival and the Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival, but there’s something for everyone happening all year long. Events include the annual Chocolate Festival, a home show, cottage tours, art shows, parades, sidewalk sales, a film festival, a sandcastle contest, Fourth of July fireworks on the beach, antique shows, events at the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand, and much more.

    It’s easy to stay active in Rehoboth, too. Ride your bike, walk Rehoboth Avenue, the boardwalk, the town’s pretty tree lined neighborhoods, or the Junction and Breakwater Trail. Visit Dewey Beach just south of Rehoboth to enjoy boating and water sports on Rehoboth Bay. There are also many active clubs and civic organizations in town and conveniently located stores to meet your day-to-day shopping needs. Rehoboth Beach is located in the Cape Henlopen School District.

    There are many different types of homes for sale in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Homes ranging from $100,000 mobile homes to multi-million dollar beach front properties and everything in between. The mobile homes in Rehoboth Beach are great for vacation homes or to live in year round. Rehoboth also has wonderful condos for sale. There are condos available that are right on the beach front and ones on the bay front. There are also condos with a view of the ocean and ones with a view of the bay. Rehoboth also offers houses that are right on the beach, near the beach, on the bay, and ones with an ocean or bay view. There are many town houses and villas in Rehoboth Beach that are for sale as well. Rehoboth also has great land and lots that are available to purchase. You can use our search engine to find the Rehoboth Beach real estate that suits your needs.
    It always pays to do a little research on the location that you and your family are considering a move or relocation to. Whether you’re desiring a second or retirement home, we are the team to help you find the spot of your dreams. With its rich history, Rehoboth is a charming town to live in or near. Let the Don Williams Realty Group stand by your side and cover a little of the ground work for you, as we develop a personalize home buying plan to help accomplish your realty goals. Call us today at (302) 545-6859 or email us at Our agents: Don, Liz, Tripp, Sherri, Geoff and Marian are ready to speak with you! Let us make Rehoboth’s history, part of yours…

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