Dennis Township Old School House Museum & History Center
Belleplain, Clermont, Dennisville, South Dennis, North West Dennis, Eldora, South Seaville, Ocean View
Ocean View DT Museum Logo Ocean View & Route 9

Dennis Township Old School House Museum & History Center
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There are no specific set boundary lines for any of the eight villages of Dennis Township!

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Please realize that it will take a lot of time and volunteer effort to fill out the history of each of the eight villages of Dennis Township. As we gather written and photographic data for each village we will post it to the individual village web page. If anyone can contribute to this effort with historic information please contact us so we can preserve it.

Ocean View located on Route 9, which is called Shore Road in early county history. It was the main roadway to and from the northern counties and New York for those who wished to travel to the counties resorts. The Baptist Church located on Route 9 was the second to be honored on the National Register of Historic Places. Just north of the church is the John Townsend House which was originally constructed with the help of Joseph Ludlam of Dennis Creek and Thomas Leaming of Town Bank in the late 1600's. It was during the original construction that the famous wrestling bout between Might Joe Ludlam and the Indian Champion took place. After the construction of the Townsend Homestead, John Townsend proceeded to impound the water of a creek near his home, thus creating Magnolia Lake which was the water source for his mills. This pristine lake was the site of many baptisms and remains in private ownership today. Early settlers near Mill Creek started a slat industry. They set up on the flatland's near the sea large iron kettles which were filled with seawater. The seawater evaporated thus leaving a nice deposit of salt in the bottom.

Magnolia Lake 10-21-2015 photo by Al DiCicco
Magnolia Lake - Photo by Al DiCicco August 2016 Magnolia Lake - Photo by Al DiCicco August 2016 Magnolia Lake - Photo by Al DiCicco August 2016 Magnolia Lake - Photo by Al DiCicco August 2016
Atlantic School Ocean View School House 1903 Atlantic School Calvary Baptist Church August 1916
Calvary Baptist Church Magnolia Lake Way Store John Townsend Home 1690
John Townsends Barn & Water Tower Magnolia Lake Townsends Mill Race Van Guilders House Magnolia Lake Boat House
Magnolia Lake Townsends Mill Magnolia Lake & Can House Magnolia Lake view from barn, mill & mill race Magnolia Lake East End
Helen Meerwald Graduation Helen Meerwald & Cubby Canuso's Wedding Abrams - Bushey House

Abrams - Bushey House
Areail View of Ocean View

Boulevard, Ocean View would become Route 9