Little Creek Coast Guard Station

Located at Little Creek Naval Amphibious Base in the City of Virginia Beach.

Located near the Chesapeake Bay west of the Cape Henry Station. The Life Saving Service abandoned the Cape Henry site after the Army took full control of Fort Story (except the lighthouse) prior to World War II. Built in 1938 and, although greatly improved, the facility is still a current Coast Guard base of operations for the region.

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Cape Henry Life Saving Station

Once located at Fort Story in the City of Virginia Beach.

Located almost a mile south of the lighthouses, and just north of Battery Cramer. The first station was built in 1874. A larger facility was built in 1903, but the original building was retained for other functions. The Life Saving Service abandoned the Cape Henry site after the Army took full control of Fort Story (except the lighthouse) in the 1930's. The station would have been in the line of fire from the gun batteries. The Little Creek Station was built as the successor to the Cape Henry Station.


Seatack Life Saving Station

Located on the boardwalk in the City of Virginia Beach.

Originally situated in the adjacent 24th Street Park and rotated 90 degrees. This is one of the last surviving Coast Guard Life Saving Stations in Virginia. It was located between the Cape Henry Station and the Dam Neck Mills Station (both no longer exist). In later years it was called the Virginia Beach Station. Currently, it is known as the Old Coast Guard Station Museum and Gift Shop. This facility was built in 1903. The original facility, built in 1878, was located across Atlantic Avenue where the Post Office is now located. The Virginia Beach station was decommissioned in 1969.

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Dam Neck Mills Life Saving Station

Located at Dam Neck Navy Base in the City of Virginia Beach.

Located between the Seatack Station and the Little Island Station. Only the keeper's quarters remains - the rest of the site is now a parking lot. It was built around 1874 and remained active until 1938.

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Little Island Life Saving Station

Located at the southern end of Sandbridge in the City of Virginia Beach.

Built in 1878 and located between the Dam Neck Mills Station and the False Cape Station (both no longer exist). The original station at Little Island was completely destroyed by a hurricane in 1933. The present buildings were built in 1925. The station closed in 1964 and opened as a local park two years later. The original station keeper drowned in 1887.

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False Cape Life Saving Station

Once located in False Cape State Park in the City of Virginia Beach.

Located south of Little Island and north of Wash Woods Station just below the North Carolina state line. The first station was built around 1874. A larger facility was later built. Abandoned in 1946, and destroyed by fire in 1969.

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