Pea Island Station Site

Rodanthe, NC

Also known as Pea Island

The Pea Island Station Site site was established in 1878


This is not an active site. It was active 1878-1932


This site was closed (in) 1932 (at this site 1947 at new [2nd] site)


This is the original site location


Designation number: 177

Station closed in 1932 at this site and moved to a new location. 1878 station house was destroyed by fire in 1879. 1881 station house does not survive.

Station Site Notes:

1878 will soon be in operation (1882-1883?); 1880 destroyed by fire 5/29/1879; stable to serve as temporary station; 1881 completed early winter 1880-1881 (USLSS Annual Reports). Station decommissioned in 1947; by deed dated 11 June 1930 a new site containing 10 acres and more conveniently located was acquired from the trustees of the Pea Island Club. The consideration for this conveyance was the formal abandonment of all the property on the island which had been used for lifesaving or Coast Guard purposes up to that time. Declarations of Abandonment of the site acquired in 1896 and the site and easement acquired in 1908 were executed and recorded. The station was disestablished on 18 March 1947 and in 1949 the station was turned over to the Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior, for use in connection with the Pea Island Migratory Waterfowl Refuge; The station's boathouse was moved in 1948 by contractor "Ferrebee" to Oregon Inlet Lifeboat Station for use as a garage and repair shop. The Board of Survey recommended that the lookout tower be left in place and retained in service "to house present Coast Guard telephone Communication system outlet and to serve as occasions [sic] demand as shelter for use by Stations performing assistance work in this area" (USCG Historian's Website).

Buildings at this Station Site

There are no surviving station houses at this site.

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