East Beach Station
US Coast Guard Station--St. Simons Island
The Coast Guard Station in 2015
|Location||4201 First St., St. Simons Island, Georgia|
|Area||2.5 acres (1.0 ha)|
|Architectural style||Colonial Revival|
|NRHP reference #||98000297|
|Added to NRHP||April 1, 1998|
East Beach Station (or US Coast Guard Station-St. Simons Island or Historic Coast Guard Station) is a station of the U.S. Coast Guard in St. Simons, Georgia, located at 4201 1st Street. It was built in 1936 as a part of the Works Progress Administration initiated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The Coast Guard Station played a part in World War II when it helped save the crew of two merchant ships, the SS Oklahoma and the Esso Baton Rouge, both tankers. These two ships were torpedoed by a German submarine U-123. The station is one of the forty-five originally built by President Roosevelt, and is one of the few that have survived to this day.
East Beach Station is now operated by the Coastal Georgia Historical Society as the World War II Home Front Museum: Coastal Georgia at War, which brings to life Coastal Georgia’s extraordinary contributions during World War II and recounts how this quiet coastal region was transformed when the United States went to war. The museum tells the story of an important chapter in Georgia’s history when residents of small communities like Brunswick and St. Simons, in Glynn County, worked together and sacrificed for the greater good. More importantly, it tells the story of America – of the brave men and women on the Home Front who supported those on the battlefields in the fight for freedom and democracy.
The Coastal Georgia Historical Society also operates the St. Simons Island Lighthouse and adjacent A. W. Jones Heritage Center on St. Simons Island.
- Coastal Georgia Historical Society: Museums
- Coastal Georgia Historical Society: History of the East Beach Station
- Media related to US Coast Guard Station (St. Simons Island) at Wikimedia Commons