Grandview Resort

  The beach area was always a busy place.  Instead of the houses that dot the shore line today, there was a resort hotel and dance pavilion.  The beach has eroded away during the years.  The land where the resort hotel stood is now in the Chesapeake Bay. 

Grandview Hotel, 1890

Close up of Grandview Hotel, 1890

In 1920, a bath house was built at the beach.   In 1925, an amusement park and dance pavilion was built on the land between what is now the fishing pier and Beach Road.  In 1933, the storm destroyed nearly all of the buildings and the land was used for fish camps by the fisherman of Fox Hill.  After 1940, another dance hall was built approximately where the fishing pier is today.  In 1948, a much larger dance pavilion was built north of the fishing pier near Beach Road.  Many famous bands of the day played here:  Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, and Jimmy Dorsey.  This pavilion was damaged by Hurricane Hazel in 1954 and was later torn down.


Grandview Pavilion, 1954, after Hurricane Hazel, unknown man on beach