One of coastal Maryland’s oldest attractions has a new owner. DelmarvaNow.com reported that Frontier Town, the Wild West-styled campground and theme park west of Ocean City, has been sold to Sun Communities, one of the country’s largest owners of manufactured housing communities and recreational vehicle resorts.
The deal closed July 31 and was announced on Frontier Town’s website and Facebook page. Also part of the sale: Fort Whaley Campground near Whaleyville.
“We see the Ocean City location, particularly right on the bay, to be a very good thing,” said Jon Coleman, Sun’s executive vice president. “All the additional activities that Frontier Town offers, it’s just an added bonus.”
Coleman didn’t specify the sale price. But in a July 30 earnings report, the publicly traded company acknowledged it had set aside $76 million to buy three RV communities, totaling 1,185 developed sites.
Frontier Town and Fort Whaley accounted for two of those three anticipated transactions, Coleman said.
Frontier Town had been owned by the Parkel Corp. since 1969. To limit disruption to existing itineraries, Parkel will continue managing the resort through the end of the season in November, Coleman said. “We feel they’ve done a terrific job and we want to continue the legacy,” Coleman said.
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