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Old Harbor Life-Saving Station

Old Harbor Life-Saving Station, Race Point, Provincetown

Old Harbor Life-Saving Station, off Race Point, Provincetown

Old Harbor Life-Saving Station was built in Chatham in 1897. The station was operated by the U.S. Coast Guard, and its precurser the U.S. Life-Saving Service, until it was decommissioned in July 1944. The building was later obtained by the National Park Service, and in November 1977, it was moved by barge to Provincetown. In summer, breeches buoy rescue re-enactments are conducted on the grounds on Thursday evenings.

A Guide to Old Harbor Life-Saving Station
history and station use

An Introduction to the United States Life-Saving Service
(.wmv file, 4:20 minutes)

Life and Service of a Surfman
(.wmv file, 3:39 minutes)

Old Harbor Life-Saving Station Historic Structure Report

Did You Know?

The Province Lands, Provincetown, MA

The Province Lands area of the Cape Cod National Seashore in Provincetown is also known as the second-oldest “common lands” in the nation, second only to Boston Common. It was put aside in the 1600s by Plymouth Colony as a fisheries reserve.