What is a Peck Beach?  I see them often whilst looking at real estate listings, etc. And if anyone knows anything about the former St George Hotel, in the city along with other former boarding houses, I'd love to know.  My grandmother's family ran it for years.  (The name was Keever.)
CTA November 29, 2013 at 06:51 AM
Pecks beach , name of the island that became ocean city before the lake bros. started religious retreat and named it.
Jeffrey Watt December 02, 2013 at 07:55 AM
A great book on the Subject is called "Peck's Beach". First published in 1987 and still available on-line.
CTA December 02, 2013 at 08:26 AM
Ok, now where is "cow pens island" ? You can see it from pecks beach....
lovesmancos December 03, 2013 at 12:50 AM
Checking your Google maps, Cowpen's Island is the first large island located just to the south side of the causeway entrance into town. You can get a great view of it from the new Visitor's Center. I read tonight from the History of OC from one of the town's web sites that the island used to serve as a picnic area for whoever had a good boat available. I can't imagine the greenhead flies taking lightly to that invasion, but maybe they have never been as bad there as they can be up at the north inlet. One of my teen girlfriends and I nearly became dinner for them as we tried to sunbath there. Never tried that again. But even after John Peck used the main island for processing the whales he caught around 1700, the island was used as part of the first railroad lines that aided vacation, fishing, and I guess sea shell seekers. That would have been well before cars, bridges and roads. As such, access to the island was also used for some occasional cattle grazing, which one might surmize led to its forever cristened name. I'm SO glad that Ocean City did not retain "Cowpen's island" as its formal name! It's curious that the island was never converted into a more inhabitable community of its own! But I guess the onset of cars and roads made the main island more enticing, instead of the extra use of boats or ferries or private bridges. If you like some privacy without being too far away from "civilization", and of course have a bundle of money, it's probably doable, unless there is some kind of ordinance disallowing that for "environmental" purposes. The borough probably owns it and controls its use. Seems like a perfect retreat for mayor and council members to run to after a rough meeting.


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