The Misty Harbor began a life as a one-story motel known as the “New Beach Motel” in the early 1950s. Located at 2501 Philadelphia Avenue, the motel was sold to Ocean City Mayor Hugh Thomas Cropper in 1964.
The name was changed to the “Misty Harbor” for the 1965 season and a second floor was later added. A popular motel in the 1970s and 80s, the Misty Harbor offered its guests free rowboats and boat docking on its bayside lagoon.
Demolished in 2007, the site is currently vacant with just a solitary sign to recall the once popular motel.
Postcard image courtesy David Dypsky
Surf mats were popular until boogie boards took over in the late 1970s and many a “baby boomer” learned to the ride the waves on the canvas-covered inflatables. Called “rafts” by the tourists, the locals always referred to them as “surf mats.” Many became quite adept at riding them while kneeling or, in rare cases, even standing up. The commercial … Continue reading
Two organizations that have had a positive impact on sport fishing in this area are the Ocean City Marlin Club and the Ocean City Light Tackle Club, pictured above at the Dorchester Street dock circa 1955. In 1938, there had been 781 white marlin reported caught offshore and in 1939 a total of 1,258 — with no record of any … Continue reading
The English Diner opened in 1939 on the corner of Wicomico Street and Baltimore Avenue. Moved to 21st Street and Philadelphia Avenue in the last 1950s, it was one of Ocean City’s most popular family restaurants. It was known as “Little City Hall” for the daily breakfast gatherings of Ocean City’s political elite during the years that Hugh Cropper, Harry … Continue reading
The Ocean City Beach Patrol (OCBP) served the town with great distinction during the summer of 1942-45. With most men over the age of 18 in the service, the OCBP relied on young men aged 15 to 17 to protect the beaches. It is a proud footnote to the history of Ocean City that no drownings were recorded on a … Continue reading
Much of the bayside was still undeveloped in this aerial view of 53rd to 54th streets in the mid-1970s. Boulden’s Marina — today the site of Beach World, Chauncey’s Surf-O-Rama and Bayside Rentals — is in the center of the photo while the large grassy area is now occupied by the San Remo Condominium. The small island in the background … Continue reading
A three-alarm fire that began around 6 a.m. on Jan. 29, 2002 destroyed Hooper’s Crab House. Firefighters from Ocean City, Ocean Pines and Berlin fought the blaze for over 10 hours at the West Ocean City restaurant. Damages were estimated in excess of $1 million. Water supply was a problem there were no fire hydrants in the area at this … Continue reading
The Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) in the years following World War II was small but adequate for what was then a seasonal town only 25 blocks long. There was just one police car prior to 1953 and police headquarters shared a building with City Hall on Dorchester Street. The police force was augmented for the summer season with its … Continue reading
This circa 1915 photo is of the George Conner family, pioneers in Ocean City’s hotel and restaurant industry. George Conner (1874-1916) opened Ocean City’s first restaurant on the Boardwalk at S. Division Street in 1892; his wife, Willye Jones Conner (1886-1971) — known to later generations as Willye Conner Ludlam — purchased the Hastings Hotel in 1922. Still active in … Continue reading
When a firefighter dies, it is said that “he has answered his last alarm.” Charles Elliott passed away on Oct. 22, 2008 and Engine 8, the Ocean City Volunteer Fire Company’s antique parade piece (a 1953 Ford/American) was draped in black and placed on the ramp at the 15th Street fire headquarters. Less than a week later on Oct. 27, … Continue reading