The Town of Ocean View was incorporated on April 13, 1889. The present site of Ocean View was originally a tract of 500 acres known as “Middlesex” and granted to Matthew Scarborough under the authority of “Charles, Absolute Lord and Proprietary of the Provinces of Maryland and Avalon, Lord Baron of Baltimore.”
Following Mr. Scarborough’s death, his land passed into the hands of the Hazzard Family and then into the hands of the Hall family. It was the Hall family who founded the Town of Ocean View. It is said that in the late 19th Century one could see the Atlantic Ocean from the second stories of many of the homes in the village.
The village has evolved into a residential beach front community that attracts thousands of visitors during the summer season. With a population of 2,039 year round residents, Ocean View in the 21st Century has become a delightful and wonderful Town conducive of a peaceful small town lifestyle, just minutes from Bethany Beach.