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Ocean View in Sussex County, Delaware — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Tunnell-West House

Circa 1860

— Ocean View, Delaware —

 
 
Tunnell-West House Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), September 16, 2022
1. Tunnell-West House Marker
Inscription.  
Welcome to the Historic Village in Ocean View!

The Tunnell-West House was built around 1860 by John and Sarah Vaughn Tunnell of Muddy Neck. We assume they built it for a tenant farmer to use while taking care of the Tunnell's adjoining property. In 1863, Mr. Tunnell passed away and the property passed on to his daughter and her husband, Eliza and George Handy West. George West was a ship's captain who owned his own ship, The Chief. He and Eliza gave each of their eight children a property in the village of Ocean View. West Avenue is named after him. The park was donated to Ocean View by the family of their oldest child, John T. West.

The house is set up to represent a typical Civil War-era home, furnished in period furniture, most of which was donated by the local families. The Ocean View Historical Society (now doing business as the Historic Village in Ocean View) saved the house from demolition in 2008 and has worked to restore the three rooms downstairs as a front parlor off Central Avenue, a keeping room/kitchen in the center, and a bedroom to the east.

Between the house and the post
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office is a two-seater outhouse, donated by the Archut family, which has been restored, but not for modern day use. The outhouse would have been located much farther away from the house because of the odor. Just north of the house, notice the functioning water pump, which would have been the sole source of water for the home until the early 1930s.
 
Erected 2022 by Historic Village in Ocean View.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1860.
 
Location. 38° 32.882′ N, 75° 5.353′ W. Marker is in Ocean View, Delaware, in Sussex County. Marker is on Central Avenue, 0.1 miles north of Oakwood Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 39 Central Ave, Ocean View DE 19970, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ocean View, Delaware (a few steps from this marker); Ocean View Post Office (a few steps from this marker); Cecile Steele's Chicken House (within shouting distance of this marker); Hall's Store (within shouting distance of this marker); Veterans Memorial (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Coastal Towns Museum (about 400 feet away);
The Tunnell-West House image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), September 16, 2022
2. The Tunnell-West House
Ocean View Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ocean View.
 
National Register of Historic Places plaque on the Tunnell-West House image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), May 16, 2020
3. National Register of Historic Places plaque on the Tunnell-West House
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 18, 2022. It was originally submitted on September 18, 2022, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 118 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 18, 2022, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.   3. submitted on May 17, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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Apr. 18, 2024