Come on in to the Bohner Cottage in South Bethany

On Saturday, October 12, 2019, Historic Coastal Towns offer you a glimpse of earlier times in South Bethany by touring six historic cottages and the town’s Richard Hall Memorial Walkway of historic markers.   Present owners are graciously opening their history-filled rooms to the public between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.  Limited tickets must be purchased in advance at Ellen Rice Gallery, Rt. 26, Ocean View, at Made By Hand, South Bethany, at Sea Needles, Rt. 26, Bethany, or on line at  Tickets are $25, and proceeds support the creation of a new Coastal Towns Museum at 40 West Ave. in Ocean View. 

This cottage is one of the oldest cottages built in South Bethany. It was built by Joe and Micky Morrison in 1954 on a lot and a half.  Micky and their children spent the summer at the beach while Dad came on weekends.  The cottage had an unfinished second floor, septic tank, floor furnace, no A/C or dishwasher.  Years later the Morrisons decided to build another home they could use year-round. So, in 1967 the Morrisons built another house on Anchorage Drive but kept 120 New Castle Drive. In the summer of 1969 Charles and Jean Bohner and children rented the cottage next door to the Morrisons for the summer. Having previously rented on New Castle Drive the Bohners knew the Morrisons. The Morrisons had decided to sell 120 New Castle Drive, but only to a family who would use it and not rent it!  When the Bohners heard about this they were thrilled.  In the fall of 1969, they happily bought the cottage. Over the years, the cottage has changed somewhat. It’s insulated, has heating, A/C, dishwasher, washer and dryer and – NO more weekly trips to the laundromat. The gardens are much larger. The second floor is finished, with a bedroom and half bath. After Hurricane Sandy, linoleum floors became tile. The few knotty pine cabinets were replaced, and the summer bath was updated – NO pipes running up and down and across walls!A much-loved cottage that for 45 years has been a magical place for the Bohner family and their friends. The Bohner’s 13-year-old-granddaughter Isabelle calls it her “Happy Place.”