928 Commercial Street

Bayberry Bend Condominium (Motel)

Bayberry Bend: It’s a motor inn. No, it’s a cottage colony. Stop! You’re both right. Bayberry Bend was both a motel and a tourist court (910 Commercial). Darwin H. Melis (1908-1988) and his wife, Catherine F. Melis, offered automobile travelers a choice as they approached town along what was then known as Shore Drive. “Bayberry Bend Motel and Cottages” were advertised in The Advocate as early as September 1960, suggesting that the business was begun in the 1950s. In the early 60s, the Melises also operated the Donut Shoppe on Shank Painter Road. They sold Bayberry Bend in 1968. Four years later, Elizabeth and Donald Lukens sponsored the condo conversion.

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