Rehoboth Beach in Sussex County, Delaware — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Village Improvement Association
At the turn of the 20th Century, Rehoboth Beach was a quaint church camp village and summer residence for many seeking relief from city life. Horses, wagons, and buggies traveled the streets. There were no paved sidewalks, crosswalks, street lamps, lifeguards, benches, water fountains, or trash cans. Lake Gerar was a swamp and Silver Lake was infested with mosquitoes. To address some of the needs and concerns of the village, a group of dedicated women joined together to improve the quality of life in Rehoboth. They met in December 1909 and established the Village Improvement Association. The VIA promoted pedestrian safety by raising money to help pay for sidewalks, crosswalks, lights, and signs in Rehoboth. Responsible for establishing the first public library in Rehoboth, the group often hosted the books in their homes, opening their doors to the community in the years before the library had a permanent location. The VIA spearheaded mosquito eradication and continues to engage in town beautification and preservation efforts. A supporter of the arts and education, the VIA played a major role in the establishment of the Rehoboth Art League and created scholarships for local art and nursing students. The well-being of women, children, the disabled and the elderly remain a focus of the organization. For over 100 years the VIA has enriched
By Russ Blau, July 5, 2017
1. Village Improvement Association Marker
coastal Delaware through their dedication to improving the community and themselves with hard work and charitable acts.
By Russ Blau, July 5, 2017
2. Village Improvement Association building
Erected by Delaware Public Archives. (Marker Number SC-250.)
Location. 38° 43.254′ N, 75° 4.623′ W. Marker is in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, in Sussex County. Marker is on Grenoble Place just east of Lakeview Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. On south side of Grenoble Place, about 100 feet west of the Boardwalk. Marker is at or near this postal address: 415 North Boardwalk, Rehoboth Beach DE 19971, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Giovanni Da Verrazzano (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); City of Rehoboth Beach (approx. 0.3 miles away); Funland (approx. 0.4 miles away); Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company (approx. half a mile away); History of Lake Comegys and Silver Lake (approx. one mile away); Standing Guard (approx. 3 miles away); The U.S. Navy at Cape Henlopen (approx. 3½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rehoboth Beach.
Categories. • Charity & Public Work • Women •
Credits. This page was last revised on July 19, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 17, 2017, by Russ Blau of Fairfax, Virginia. This page has been viewed 77 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 17, 2017, by Russ Blau of Fairfax, Virginia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.