History Of Ocean City
Dating back to 1869, Ocean City was built on land bought by Thomas Fenwick from native Americans, but it wasn’t until 1869 that the area became a focal point for tourism. Isaac Coffin’s beachfront cottages drew guests from all across the state and beyond, arriving in stagecoaches and ferries. Soon enough, other boarding houses began to emerge and the area became known as Ocean City. In 1875, the Atlantic Hotel was opened and still operates today. 1881 saw a rail line open that brought passengers in from Baltimore to the city markets districts on Philadelphia Avenue. This evolution of transport links saw even more footfall to Ocean City, which now sees millions of holidaymakers enjoy the sun and fun every year.
Ocean City Lifesaving Station Museum
Located on the southside of the Boardwalk, the Lifesaving Station Museum carves a path through the tourist hotspot’s history of coastguards and seafaring, presenting artefacts and memorabilia that has been sued through the ages to save lives and keep the resort safe from the elements. It’s no surprise that a museum such as this inhabits Ocean City, the area has been the victim of several major hurricanes over the last 160 years, and the museum presents the shipwrecks that prove it.
Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park
Although relatively recent in its introduction to Maryland and the nearby Ocean City, the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park actually commemorates events that span back to the American Civil War. Within its 480 acres, visitors can learn about the life of Harriet Tubman, the formerly enslaved activist who led other slaves to freedom using the Underground Railroad network. Later, Tubman would become a spy for the Unionists and helped save hundreds of African American slaves in the US. This park was created by Barack Obama as a way to commemorate the significant locations of her life, which includes Windy Hill, Dorchester County and Cambridge in Maryland.