Photographs from the Dedication of Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area

February 28, 2018 Posted by: Mike Barber

On April 24, 1958, at 11:30 am, a ceremony to dedicate Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area was held at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, followed by a 2:30 pm ceremony at Coquina Beach. At the lighthouse ceremony a plaque was unveiled honoring the family of Henry Phipps (1839-1930) for the donation of 2700 acres of land.
 

Dedication ceremony attendees listing to speaker.

Henry Phipps was a childhood neighbor and friend of Andrew Carnegie. He later became Carnegie's business partner in the Carnegie Steel Company. Phipps invested in real estate including large tracts of land on the Outer Banks where he established duck and goose hunting clubs.

Attending the ceremony were Raymond R. Guest, grandson of Henry Phipps, NPS Director Conrad Wirth, and Governor Luther Hodges. Raymond Guest served in the Navy during World War II and was a second cousin of Winston Churchill. He is pictured on the left with Governor Hodges.
 
(L-R) Raymond Guest and Governor Luther Hodges standing next to dedication plaque.
Raymond Guest and Governor Luther Hodges at dedication ceremony in Buxton.

Today, the dedication plaque hanges in the entrance way of the Double Keepers Quarters (Museum of the Sea) at Cape Hatteras Light Station.
 
Closeup of Cape Hatteras Point dedication plaque with Cape Hatteras Lighthouse in background.Closeup of Cape Hatteras Point dedication plaque.
 
If you would like to read more, go to Seashore's Administrative History.

Dedication Ceremony Program for Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area
 
Front and back page of Dedication Program for Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area
Pages 2 and 3 of the Dedication Ceremony Program for Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area
Program agenda for Dedication Ceremony for Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area
Descriptions of Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and Wright Brothers National Memorial within the Dedication Ceremony Program for Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Dedication Ceremony



Last updated: February 28, 2018

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