Sun Story Archives, 2014☀️ The Rosenellos Old North Wildwood House 🌊🌊 (swipe)
The big real estate boom that overtook our little island during the turn of the 21st century came without warning. On every street from beach to bay, from Anglesea to Wildwood Crest, beach cottages and motels were coming down and being hauled away and replaced with condos and townhomes at such a rapid speed that it was difficult to keep pace and remember what once stood in its place.
Although many of our old buildings have been razed, never to return again, (if only in a photographic memory,) we like to acknowledge those who refused the way of the wrecking ball and big money, in order to preserve the past. The old Rosenello home is one of them.
Joseph & Mary Rosenello relocated from Levittown, PA. with 7 of their 8 children. Their 9th child, Regina, was born after they moved, while their oldest, Ann, stayed behind, as she was starting a family of her own.
On September 9, 1977 Joe & Mary purchased the old North Wildwood house from Mayhugh Howarth. She was the granddaughter of May and Hugh Clark (thus her name), originally from Scotland, who bought the house in 1911 for Mayhugh’s parents when they were married. Hughie Clark’s Oyster Bar sat next door on the NW corner of 1st & Atlantic.
Mary Rosenello lost track of the first owner’s name or when it was built, but judging from the fact that the lots were layed out in North Wildwood in 1890, and a documented photo of the house taken in 1905, she has determined that her house was built between 1890 & 1905.
Still maintaining its old seashore charm, the house has undergone the normal renovations over the years, such as new siding and windows, and of course, Mary’s new kitchen, (always at the top of every mother’s wish list). The original porch was lost in the storm of ‘62 and a new enclosed porch was rebuilt.
Imagine the many lazy summer afternoons Mayhugh’s mother sat dressed in her summer white dress, rocking her baby, while enjoying the cool summer breezes that blew off of Hereford Inlet across the street. Envision the bustling maritime... FULL STORY ON FACEBOOK PAGE WILDWOOD SUN BY THE SEA #whereyesterdayandtodaymeetbythesea