Through the Ages

Through the Ages

A walk through time

One of the more familiar Bethany Beach landmarks through the years has been the Addy Sea (the name of the original Addy summer cottage).This stately home on the Northern edge of town was built in 1901 by Mr. John Matthew Addy, a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania plumbing supplier and the patriarch of the Addy family. It was built as a family home and remained that way until 1935 when it became a boarding house. The house was a show place, not only for its location and stateliness, but for the modern conveniences it offered the early guests like bathrooms, indoor plumbing and carbide lamps which were all shipped by railroad from Pittsburgh to Rehoboth Beach and then barged to Bethany Beach via the inland canal system. Mr. Addy drilled through solid bed rock to provide the home and others in the area with fresh, pure well water. The Addy Sea was a great success as a boarding house and with the plethora of local fish, poultry, fruits and vegetables, breakfast and dinner were events to be savored. Following the storm of 1927, the house was moved back from the sea and the old foundations were left on the beach. They became an ideal gathering place for beach parties where fires could be built and hot dogs and marshmallows toasted. Over time the sands covered the old foundations. Over the next 70 years, the Addy Sea, outbuildings and properties passed on to the children and grandchildren of John and Jennie Addy. It continued to be run as a boarding house by Edward and Martha Jean Addy until it was sold to Mr. Leroy Gravatte in 1974.

Addy Sea circa 1904 with Perry Cottage in the Background

Addy Sea Circa 1905

Addy Sea circa 1915

The Addy Sea

Mr & Mrs John M. Addy standing at left front wagon wheel circa 1905

Mr & Mrs John M. Addy at far right holding his hat. Circa 1905

Addy Sea Group Photo

Addy Sea circa 1904 & Cottage that is now relocated next to Grottos Pizza on Rt 26.

Addy Sea circa 1904

Mr John M. Addy holding his hat. Mrs Jennie Addy behind little girl.

Addy Sea circa 1910

Boating with Addy Sea in the background.

Addy Sea neighbors.

Addy Sea 1942 photo donated by the Dale Harman family. Photo shows the Addy Sea with Harman’s great-grandmother (far right) and 2 friends

Surf Fishing in front of the Addy Sea

Addy Sea circa 1955. Photo donated by the Dale Harman Family.

Addy Sea circa 1955. Photo donated by the Dale Harman Family.

Addy Sea circa 1960s

Addy Sea and the original Dinghy Carriage House that were used for storage. Photo from 1970s

A postcard postmarked August 22, 1962. Addy Sea in the background. Donated by the Dale Harman Family.

Kitchen circa 1960s

The Parlor circa 1960s

2nd Floor Hallway circa 1960s

The Parlor circa 1960s

Room 1b circa 1960s

Room 1a circa 1960s