Thursday, June 8th, 15 lucky participants will be able to tour a home in downtown Lewes that was once the Rehoboth Beach Life Saving Station. After touring the historic home, the group will walk to the restored Lewes Life Saving Station to continue the tour. Participants will learn about the significance of these stations on local history. The tour will take place on June 8th from 1:00pm – 3:30pm. Cost is $12. To reserve your spot, please call 302-227-7310.
Life Saving Stations were popular from 1848 – 1915. They began as private and local humanitarian efforts to rescue shipwreck victims, and later grew into an official government agency. In 1915, these groups became known as the United States Coast Guard.
We also suggest visiting the Rehoboth Beach Museum at 511 Rehoboth Avenue during your visit, just an 8 mile drive from the Lewes Life Saving Station. The museum is open from 10:00am – 4:00pm Monday – Friday and 11:00am – 3:00pm on Saturday and Sunday, and admission is based on voluntary donation. During the time of the Lewes Life Saving Station Tour, the Rehoboth Beach Museum is featuring their Angry Water exhibit with stories of storms, shipwrecks, lighthouses and rescues. This is the perfect complement to the Lewes tours for those looking to learn more about the history of our waters.
Those interested in learning more about local Life Saving Stations can also visit the Indian River Life Saving Station, or the Ocean City Life Saving Station Museum. The Indian River Life Saving Station is open daily from 8:00am – 4:30pm during the summer season. Tours are $4 for adults, with discounts for children 12 and under and seniors. The Ocean City Life Saving Station Museum is open daily from 10:00am – 6:00pm during the summer season. Admission is $3 for adults, with discounts for children, seniors and active duty military. The Ocean City Life Saving Station Museum also hosts regular programs on the boardwalk during the summer.