Proposed Historic Anglesea Maritime Village
The "Friends of Hereford Inlet Lighthouse" would like to one day
acquire the Old Coast Guard Life Boat Station, now home to the NJ State
There is a long inter-related history of
the Hereford Inlet Lighthouse, the Anglesea Life Saving Station and the
Coast Guard Life Boat Station. They not only shared this common history
but common ground as well. They were all situated right next to each
other. It is very clear that both sites have to be considered as well
as preserved, as one historic property.
There have been unsuccessful efforts made over the years to allow the
The Friends of Hereford Inlet Lighthouse to acquire the Life Boat
Station. If this does occur in the future, the plan would be to first
get official acknowledgement of its historic significance. This would
come, along with a blanket of protection for the property, by being
placed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places.
Accurate restoration as was done at the Lighthouse would be next. The
Life Boat Station would then be turned into a museum highlighting and
celebrating the Life Saving Service, Coast Guard as well as the various
State Marine enforcement agencies that have occupied the station over
the years. This site combined with the Lighthouse would offer visitors
a much more complete interpretation of the long and fascinating
maritime history of the Hereford Inlet.
road block, it seems, is to find a new and better location for the
State Police, now charged with their new mission of Homeland Security.
If this is accomplished, it is thought that there is a good possibility
the State would allow the plan to proceed.
Life Boat Station is composed of three 70 year old buildings, not set
up for the 21st century needs of the State Police. There have been some
slight alterations recently with talk of more retro-fitting of these
historic structures. Too much of this could ruin the historicity of the
Station. Additionally, the Station has not had direct launch
capabilities or docks for over 40 years. Patrol boats have to be taken
by trailer to various boat slips around the County.
The move to acquire the old station is in no way disregarding the very
important work of the State Police. Their history is just as
significant as that of the Life Saving Service and the Coast Guards.
One can see by the facts that both the State Police and
The Friends of Hereford Inlet Lighthouse
would benefit by their relocation, preferably to a modern facility somewhere on the water.
As of this writing, the much hoped for project is like a boat dead in
the water. It is not moving forward nor drifting backward. It is
thankfully though, not sinking. Help is needed quickly however, or it
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Background art courtsey of Donna Elias