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Ocean City Historic & Architectural Walking Tour

If you are in Ocean City this week, you may notice a couple of changes as you drive down Coastal Highway. The speed limit, normally 40 mph through North Ocean City, has been reduced to 30 mph, and Downtown, the speed limit has also been reduced. This is due to the expected, unauthorized H2Oi Pop-Up Rally.  It is reasonable to expect heavier than usual traffic, noise and strict enforcement of vehicle laws during the week and weekend.

When you think of Ocean City, do you think of history and architecture? If not, maybe you should spend an afternoon walking around town with the Ocean City Development Corporation’s new “Historic and Architectural Walking Tour” guide.



Joseph_Edward_Collins_House_Ocean_City_MarylandThe Ocean City Development Corporation, OCDC, recently created a pamphlet dedicated to explaining the history behind some of Ocean City’s oldest and architecturally intriguing homes and businesses. The OCDC wants Ocean City to be known for it’s positive aspects, economically sound and socially healthy, character and charm filled community.




There are two different guides to follow: Upper Downtown Area (3rd to 15th Streets) and Historic Downtown (Inlet to 3rd Street). The Upper Downtown tour features 49 different historic buildings. Some of the tour stops include the Hampton House, Majestic Hotel, Joseph Edward Collins House, Inn on the Ocean, Kelley House, Disharoon House, and many others. The Historic Downtown guide leads you to places like the Life-Saving Station Museum, The Atlantic Hotel, Tarry-A-While guest house, the E. Purnell Store and Town Market, and 16 other historically preserved sites in Ocean City.Atlantic_Hotel_Ocean_City_Maryland



Many of the structures on the Historical Tours were constructed in the 1920’s and 1930’s and contain unique charm and character. By increasing awareness to our town’s history, The Downtown Association of Ocean City and their supporters have managed to add Ocean City to the list of Maryland’s Best Historical Cities.





 Although most parts of Ocean City have experienced heavy developmental surges recently, the Upper and Historical Downtown areas have retained their distinctive appeal. If you are interested in participating in the walking tour, visit the Downtown Association of Ocean City located on South Baltimore Avenue, Ocean City. The Ocean City Development Corporation, Dorchester Street, Ocean City, can answer any questions you may have about history in OC. Stop by, pick up a brochure, and learn about Ocean City’s charming history and architecture!




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