Lantern Tours at IR Lifesaving Station

by Dave on June 22, 2009

Delaware Seashore State Park Offers Lantern Tours of the Historic Indian River Life-Saving Station

Saturday, June 27th at 8:30 p.m.

Delaware Seashore State Park invites you to take a step back in time. Over one hundred years ago, the surfmen of the United States Life-Saving Service patrolled the beaches of the Atlantic Coast every night, scanning the waters for signs of ships in distress. The Indian River Life-Saving Station and Museum is offering a unique program that will allow participants to walk the surfmen’s beat, patrolling the same beaches and scanning the same waters the surfmen would have covered a century ago.

The crew at the Life-Saving Station will conduct an evening lantern tour of the museum on Saturday, June 27th at 8:30 pm. The tour will be led by an interpreter dressed in the uniform of the turn-of-the-century Life-Saving Service patrol. Learn about shipwrecks, surfmen’s duties, and the changing Delaware coast over time. Afterward, the tour will head out to the beach with their lanterns to patrol the Delaware coast. Re-live the history of the United States Life-Saving Service while enjoying a stroll in the sand in Delaware Seashore State Park!

The Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum is located on Route 1, 3.5 miles south of Dewey Beach and 1.5 miles north of the Indian River Inlet. The program fee is $7.50 per person, and pre-registration is required. Dress for the weather! To register for this or other programs at the Life-Saving Station, call 302-227-6991.

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