Horseneck Point Life Saving Station
Horseneck Point Lifesaving Station Day
May 24th 2015 12-4pm
Plan to join us on May 24, 2015 when we will open our doors from 12-4pm to the public in an effort to celebrate historic preservation month in conjunction with MA DCR Curatorship Program. We will have ongoing tours of the Historic Life Saving Station with discussions on the history of Historic station #69 and the Humane Society Life Saving Service and their role as the rescuers to those who were in peril at sea during the late 1800s.
At 12 noon we will start the event with the dedication of the historic station to the late Chip Gillespie, when we will recognize all he gave to the effort to restore and preserve one of the maritime treasures of Westport MA. We will also have some special guests and speakers throughout the day to talk about some of the new items that have been donated and will be on display during our 2015 Summer Season. This event is free and open to the public, Plan to stop by, light refreshments will be served.
It was with great sadness that the Westport Fishermen learned of the passing of member, and friend Chip Gillespie this past winter. He will be truly missed. Chip was an instrumental leader in our preservation and restoration of our Historic Horseneck Point Lifesaving Station and WFA Visitor Center. his commitment to the Westport Fishermen's Association will always be considered and remembered with great respect.
We would also like to say Thank you for all who donated to the station in Chips memory your kind notes and generous contributions were a wonderful reminder of his selfless dedication to the things that he felt so passionately about. All of the donation have been allocated in a separate fund to solely be used for the continued preservation of the historic Horseneck point life saving station and maritime landmark of our town.
The Historic Horseneck Point Life Saving Station & Visitor Center doors will be open for the 2015 season!
Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 12noon - 4:00pm. June 6th - Labor Day Weekend.
Plan to come by when someone can be there to greet you, share the story of this historic site and the mission of the Westport Fishermen's Association-Advocates for Healthy Marine Resources.
Because we are able to make our museum and visitor center available to you through the generosity of volunteers, hours may be subject to change on any given weekend please check website to make sure the doors will be ope
The Horseneck Point Life Saving Station 25 year Lease Signing
On Monday February 25th, 2013 The WFA our members and community friends and supporters of the Historic Horseneck Point Life Saving Station were congratulated by the Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Richard K. Sullivan Jr., The Department of Conservation and Recreation Commissioner Edward M. Lambert Jr., State Senator Michael J Rodrigues, State Representative Paul A. Schmid and Selectman Richard Spirlett for our efforts to Protect and preserve this piece of Westport's Maritime history.
The WFA was given a 25 year lease by DCR through their Historic Curatorship Program to continue to manage the property and provide programs and exhibits to our community at this unique location. Under the Historic Curatorship Program, DCR enters into a long term lease with a Curator who pays rent in the form of services, specifically the rehabilitation and maintenance of the property. The reuse of these significant properties must be compatible with the surrounding community while enhancing the visitor’s experience of the public space.
It was a wonderful celebration! We had a great turnout for a cold Monday morning in February. The WFA would like to thank all who came and continue to support our efforts to keep the HPLSS open and available to the public. We are looking forward to developing future programs and sharing the space with other local non-profits that may want to use it for meetings or events.
Look to the News page for additional photos of the event.
The Completed Restoration of the Humane Society Life Saving Station #69