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Old Coast Guard Station
Ranked #12 of 119 things to do in Virginia Beach
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: A museum that exhibits early life-saving equipment.
Front Royal, Virginia
Level Contributor
35 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed May 29, 2014

Grounds outside building were nice and easy accessible to the handicapped! Wonderful history about C.G. and it's role with water rescue and pictures too! Love the guy at the door!(old sailor)

Visited May 2014
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English first
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105 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Nice history spot”
Reviewed May 26, 2014 via mobile

This is a great stop to learn some local Virginia Beach and maritime history. They have some wonderful artifacts and great volunteer docents to help tell the story. The building that the museum is located in is a great piece of history to see in itself. It's small, but definitely recommended.

Visited August 2013
Thank BeachTravel012
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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52 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Nice way to dodge the rain”
Reviewed May 26, 2014

Fascinating part of history and hard to imagine in this day of GPS and Satellite recon, but there was a time when people had to walk the beach during storms and search for wrecks! We ducked into this place during a cloudburst at VB and thoroughly enjoyed our tour and the peek into the time that was.

Visited March 2014
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Ontario's Highlands, Canada
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60 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Nice little piece of history”
Reviewed May 20, 2014

We had the opportunity to spend and hour or so on a tour of the museum with Captain Carl. He is very knowledgeable about the Coast Guard history and of the area and seamanship and added a lot of depth to the material and made the visit very enjoyable.

Visited May 2014
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Woolmer Green Stevenage
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74 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“A Little Gem of Place”
Reviewed May 17, 2014

We half stumbled into this place unsure of what it would hold. We were greeted by a retired US sub-mariner guide who was very knowledgeable about the history of the area and its nautical history. A fascinating talk about WW2 sinkings and he was quite amused and fully agreed with me when I said that in WW2 the USA had been told by the British that convoys were essential and they thought that they knew better and had ignored the advice at their cost! I still find it incredible that the towns near to the coast had all of their lights on, the German submarines would come very close to the shore and spot the shipping that were iluminated by these lights. So the rescue facilities were unfortunately well used. There are lots of displays such as a Breacher's Buoy, information of earlier ship wrecks, rescues and the start of the coastguard service.

So although the museum is relatively small, it heaves with interesting things and the rich nautical history of the area - that is brought to life by the knowledgeable guide. I felt that it was touching that apparently last year they had a big exhibition on the UK's RNLI.

Visited April 2014
Thank Halibut51
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