Vanishing Ocean City With Bunk Mann

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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

 

Vanishing Ocean City With Bunk Mann

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

Vanishing Ocean City With Bunk Mann

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

Vanishing Ocean City With Bunk Mann

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