Coastal Towns Historic Homes Tour to debut Oct. 7

Date Published: 
Aug. 25, 2017

Coastal Point • Submitted: The guest cottage behind the Selby Evans House was built around 1887.Coastal Point • Submitted: The guest cottage behind the Selby Evans House was built around 1887.The Ocean View Historical Society will host its inaugural Coastal Towns Historic Homes Tour on Saturday, Oct. 7, featuring a number of historical homes in the area. One of the featured homes is located a 41 West Avenue in Ocean View. Selby Evans and his wife, Elizabeth Hall Evans, were the first residents of the picturesque colonial style home, which is currently owned by their great-granddaughter Barbara Slavin.

A letter from Selby to his son James mentions the lumber was purchased in Frankford for $300. While the house was originally just a parlor and dining room with two bedrooms above, indoor plumbing and a new kitchen were added in 1935. The first kitchen is now a guest house open for viewing in the landscaped back yard, which includes a gazebo and several cozy seating areas. Inside the home, original artwork abounds, including a Laura Hickman painting of the Evans-West House across the street, where James Evans lived after he married Mary West.

Limited tickets for the Coastal Towns Historic Homes Tour on Saturday, Oct. 7, from 10 a.m.to 4 p.m., are on sale at the Ellen Rice Gallery on Route 26 in Ocean View, at Made By Hand on Route 1 in South Bethany and online at www.ovhistoricalsociety.org. Tickets cost $20 for OVHS members and $30 for non-members. Proceeds benefit the evolving Coastal Towns Museum and Hall’s Store Visitor & Education Center.