6pm, Rehoboth Beach Public Library, Rehoboth Avenue. The Rehoboth Beach Public Library is excited to be hosting the official unveiling of Paul Lovett's "Golden Age of Rehoboth Beach, The Railroad Era” diorama, a historically accurate representation of what a section of Rehoboth Avenue in 1910.
The diorama, a work in progress, currently includes several models of buildings that existed on each side of Rehoboth Avenue just east of First Street.
Every year of his life, Paul Lovett has spent time in Rehoboth along the canal, just across from the Rehoboth Beach Museum. Over the past year, he has immersed himself in the history of Rehoboth during the late 1800s and early 1900s, also known as The Railroad Era. He has studied all the reference sources he can discover on the subject and has interviewed many local folks with ties back to that earlier time in history. Paul’s vision is to create a dioramic display of Rehoboth Avenue extending from the end of the fishing pier off Horn’s Pavilion and back across the canal to the interesting railroad switching yard.
Attendees will have the opportunity to see and examine the diorama before a presentation by Mr. Lovett that features a tour of what it would have been like to walk down Rehoboth Avenue in 1910. Come out to learn about a rarely discussed, yet deeply fascinating segment of Rehoboth Beach history. Those interested can keep track of Paul’s progress by visiting his Facebook page at “Golden Age of Rehoboth Beach, The Railroad Era.”
Coffee and dessert will be available, and there is no admission fee. Donations may be made at the door, which will go to support the creation of the diorama. Please make a reservation for this event by contacting the library at 302-227-8044. Depending on interest, space may be limited.