“No hippies or beatniks desired,” Carl Feldman, the proprietor of this insular cottage colony, declared in a 1967 advertisement. So who wound up owning the place in 1979? Channing Wilroy (pictured), once a teenage dancer on The Buddy Deane Show in Baltimore, who caught the eye of young John Waters and subsequently appeared in Pink Flamingos, Female Trouble, and Desperate Living. Wilroy landed in town in 1966 and was Divine’s roommate from 1969 to 1971. He is the only member of Waters’s Dreamlanders troupe who settled here permanently. He has landscaped the grounds of No. 36A with a fine, wry touch — a traffic signal here, a windmill there, and elsewhere, a railroad crossing sign, a parking meter and a little lighthouse.
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