West Cottage to be featured on historic homes tour

Date Published: 
Sept. 22, 2017

Coastal Point • Submitted: The West Cottage.Coastal Point • Submitted: The West Cottage.West Cottage, c. 1934

Originally built by Olive West, a granddaughter of George H. West, the West Cottage was lovingly remodeled 10 years ago in keeping with the expert craftsmanship of its ancestor.

The two-story, 3 bedroom traditional colonial, is located on a large lot overlooking the Ocean View Town Park. For many years, the home served as a guest house, like today’s bed-and-breakfast inns, and current owner George W. Hermance, possesses a 1936 guest book naming some of the depression day lodgers.

While owner Hermance purchased the house furnished just a few weeks ago, his artistic eye and training as a landscape architect attracted him to this classic home and sizeable grounds. Tour-goers will be able to see a black-and-white photo of the original home, the guest book, original paintings by its current owner, and idyllic views from the home’s big windows and decks.

Limited tickets for the 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Oct. 7, Coastal Towns Historic Homes Tour are on sale at the Ellen Rice Gallery, Rt. 26, Ocean View; at Made By Hand, Rt. 1, South Bethany; and at www.ovhistoricalsociety.org. Tickets are $20 for OVHS members and $30 for future members. Proceeds benefit the evolving Coastal Towns Museum and Hall’s Store Visitor and Education Center.