Help us preserve local history!

A fundraiser for Ocean View Historical Society (Historic Village in Ocean View)

$2,655 raised from 207 donors

$3,500 goal

I’m Phil Shockley.

I’m fundraising for Ocean View Historical Society (Historic Village in Ocean View).

Please help me raise funds for the Ocean View Historical Society DBA Historic Village in Ocean View (HVOV -  Any donation is appreciated.  Every dollar makes a difference!

The organization is special to me given its mission to collect, preserve, interpret, and celebrate the history of Ocean View, Delaware, and the surrounding area of Baltimore Hundred.  HVOV strives to meet the challenges of 21st Century coastal living by understanding and embracing its rich heritage.

I personally grew up about an hour south of Ocean View and was raised on a family farm.   My Dad also raised poultry.  It is one of the area's bedrock industries and started in Ocean View almost 101 years ago.  Read more about it on HVOV's website at

Thank you for your support.  As an all-volunteer non-profit organization, HVOV is dependent on your support to continue their important work and cannot continue without your gift.

About Ocean View Historical Society (Historic Village in Ocean View)

Mission: The Historic Village in Ocean View is a working project, under the auspices of the Ocean View Historical Society. We are committed to advancing the knowledge and understanding of past and present peoples’ everyday life in southeast Sussex County for our communities’ residents and visitors.

Having an historic village so near the beach offers residents and visitors, young and older,  a chance to see and feel the history through the eyes of the surfmen, watermen, farmers, women and men who were able to sustain their lives and improve the lives of their families throughout the 19th and 20th centuries.

Currently, we have a period-furnished 1860's house, an 1889 post office run by one of the  first postwomen in Delaware, a replica of the 1923 chicken house where the broiler chicken industry began by Mrs. Cecile Steele, Hall's Store (as Ocean View was once called) which has a replica 1820s general store and a large meeting room, and a 1901 Gothic Victorian house which is now the Coastal Towns Museum.

Our 1889 Post Office