Outer Banks Lifesaving Stations

Outer Banks Lifesaving StationsWash Wood (1878-1933) - Once called Deal's Island station. Early station once used as a dance hall. Subsequent station now a private home.

Penneys Hill (1878) - Old station recently moved to original site 6 1/2 miles north of Corolla for use as private home. Once called Old Currituck Inlet.

Currituck Beach (1874-1904) - Also called Jones Hill. Later station also recently moved from original location in Corolla to site adjacent to Penneys Hill station for use as private home.

Poyners Hill (1878, 1904-08) - Older station now in Corolla as private home. Built as a result of 1878 Metropolis disaster on nearby beach. Second station burned down in early 1970.

Caffeys Inlet (1874-1899) - Once protected inlet at Dare-Currituck county line. Now restored as Sanderling Restaurant.

Paul Gamiel Hill (1878, 1909 new site) - Once located in what is now Seacrest Village. Abandoned by Coast Guard in 1949, used as a private residence, then burned in early 1960's.

Kitty Hawk (1874-1915) - Located near Mile Post 4 1/2 on Beach Road; 1874 station now the Station Six Restaurant; 1915 station a private home.

Kill Devil Hills (1878-1930's) - Original station moved in 1986 to Corolla, now restored as Twiddy & Company, real estate office. Second station a private home located on 1878 site on Beach Road near Mile Post 8 ½

Nags Head (1874-1912) - Last station destroyed in 1962 Ash Wednesday storm.

Bodie Island (1878-1923) - Once called Tommy's Hummock. Old station now VIP house for National Park Service; larger 1923 vacant may be soon used as temporary Coast Guard office.

Oregon Inlet (1874-1897) - Newer structures still in operation, but threatened by erosion. original station washed away by inlet.

Pea Island (1878-1881) - Formerly located opposite Pea Island national Wildlife Refuge headquarters; remnants of stone foundation at parking area there. First station destroyed by suspicious fire. Later station now located west of North Carolina Route 12 in village of Salvo.

New Inlet (1882) - Destroyed by fire near where inlet cut through Hatteras Island. Never rebuilt.

Chicamacomico (1874-1911) - Both stations near original sites in village of Rodanthe. Site of famous 1918 Mirlo rescue, stations are now restored museums. Weekly breeches buoy demonstrations here.

Gull Shoal (1878) - Once called Cedar Hummock, it was destroyed in 1944 hurricane. Near where Ramus Midgett saved 10 people from wreck of the Priscilla in 1899. Location near Salvo campground.

Little Kinnakeet (1874-1904) - Both stations located north of Avon village. Owned by national Park Service, plans are to make it Lifesaving Service museum in 1990's.

Big Kinnakeet (1878-1929) - Damaged in 1944 hurricane, demolished later. Several sites south of Avon near Askins Creek.

Cape Hatteras (1882) - Once south of the lighthouse near Cape Point, station and boathouses demolished during early 1930's and replaced by Coast Guard group station in 1935. Protected beaches closest to dangerous Diamond Shoals.

Creeds Hill (1878-1918) - West of Frisco village on Route 12; once located about tow miles east of present site. Now private home.

Durants (1878) - Original station now part of Durants motel complex near ocean beach. Formerly called the Hatteras station, it's being restored as part of condominium project.

Hatteras Inlet (1883) - Earlier location on Hatteras side now destroyed. Later station on Ocracoke Island destroyed in 1955 storm near where Ocracoke ferry dock now located. Present Coast Guard inlet station near Hatteras ferry docks.

Ocracoke (1905-early 1940's) - Original station, now one, located east of present Coast Guard Station on Silver Lake harbor entrance in Ocracoke village.

Portsmouth (1894) - Located in Portsmouth village, now deserted community owned and maintained by U.S. Park Service.

Back to top