Ocean House Ca. 1885
|Location||Rye, New Hampshire|
|Beach length||.5 miles (0.80 km)|
Rye Beach is an unincorporated community along the Atlantic Ocean in Rye, New Hampshire, United States. It is located along New Hampshire Route 1A near the southern border of the town of Rye, directly south of Jenness State Beach and north of Little Boar's Head (in the neighboring town of North Hampton). Rye Beach has a separate ZIP code (03871) from the rest of the town of Rye.
The Ocean House, built in 1844, was owned by Job Jenness. The hostelry was financed by Stacy Nudd. It started out small and eventually reached four stories, with accommodations for 250 guests.
In 1874, the Direct United States Cable Company's CS Faraday laid a transatlantic communications cable from Ballinskelligs, Ireland, routed to Tor Bay, Nova Scotia, then to Rye Beach, encompassing 3,104 miles (4,995 km). The Direct United States Cable Company communications station was located on Old Beach Road near the Rye Beach life saving station and beyond the Sunken Forests of New Hampshire.
The state of New Hampshire recognized the Direct United States Cable Company receiving station in 1970 by erecting New Hampshire historical marker #63 on New Hampshire Route 1A near Jenness State Beach.