Longtime Rehoboth Beach resident Kitty Cole donated an original Rehoboth school desk to display with Paul Lovett’s recreation of 1910 Rehoboth Avenue miniature village in the Rehoboth Beach Main Street building next door of the Rehoboth Beach Museum.
Cole received the antique desk from Billy Joseph, whose ancestor Myrtle Joseph studied at the original school in Rehoboth. This structure, built in 1884, stood on Grove Street, near the roundabout, where Royal Farms is today. It is likely that the desk was first used at this school. At the time, the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal had not yet been completed. Oral histories recorded by participants at the school include their memories of playing among pine boughs in the wooded area that once existed where the canal now stands.
This original wooden school structure and its brick successor built in 1908 higher up Rehoboth Avenue will both be modeled and displayed on the diorama, a multi-year project to recreate the length of Rehoboth Avenue at the time. of the railway.
To learn more about the project, visit goldenageofrehoboth.com. By appointment, Lovett holds informal meetings with the diorama at 9:30 a.m. on Mondays, with each meeting focusing on a unique aspect of Rehoboth’s history. All are welcome to bring coffee and join in the conversation. To reserve a space, contact Paul Lovett at [email protected] or call 302-893-9391.