Preserving and Remembering Rosedale Beach Hotel and Resort
A post card from the Delaware Public Archives shows us what the Rosedale Beach Hotel and Resort looked like in its prime. It was incorporated back in 1937 and sat on the Indian River Bay, drawing vacationers and musicians from around the world to join locals of Millsboro like Leroy Jubilee.
"That was the only place we could go as a minority that had quality entertainment," He recalls.
The March Storm of 1962 destroyed the boardwalk and it was never rebuilt. The resort itself didn't stay open much longer.
"During the pre-integration era, there were many clubs and restaurants that were open that became integrated so once they became integrated, those types of venues people stopped going to them," explains Historical Resarcher Tamara Jubilee Shaw. She's Leroy's daughter and was inspired to research and preserve Rosedale Beach by his stories.
"Since I was a small child, kid, I used to go there. The sporting events were pretty popular. We had top flight minority teams from Virgina, Maryland, D.C.," says Jubilee-Shaw.
Jubilee remembers some of the celebrities that once went to Rosedale. "Ray Charles, Luke Brown, James Brown, you name them, they came to Rosedale Beach," he says.
Jubilee-Shaw adds, "Duke Ellington, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Jackie Robinson."
"I saw all of them," says Jubilee.
Jubilee-Shaw says there aren't many pictures to be found of the resort, but the stories of those who went there help paint a mental picture for her to preserve its history. "We're losing so many of our historic sites throughout the nation and it's amazing to be able to be involved in preserving heritage and also it's a place everyone could go to and everyone could love. It's an American icon, I think," she says.
Jubilee-Shaw is also preserving the history of the Rosedale Beach Hotel and Resort through a pamphelt she's made and she also says she's working with a producer in California to make a feature film. To get a copy of the pamphlet, emial her at firstname.lastname@example.org.