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Postby beachbum1616 » Fri Sep 30, 2005 7:45 pm

I received this email the other day.

Mr. Wilmoth,

I found your website while using Google Images to research views of North Carolina Life-Saving Stations. I work for an architecture firm in Winston-Salem, and we are currently under contract with the National Park Service for two Historic Structure Reports on the stations at Bodie Island. As part of our argument for why these buildings are important and why they should be restored, we are addressing all the standard station types, their rarity, and the other stations owned by the NPS. A couple of the pictures on your Little Kinnakeet page would be ideal to show the current condition of other NPS structures. Would you consider granting us permission to use the top photo on that page in our report? Your name would be listed as the source of the photo.

We appreciate your consideration. Let me know if you have any questions.


Jenny Wilkins

Jennifer Plocher Wilkins

Joseph K. Oppermann - Architect, P.A.

And in a follow up email.


Thanks so much for your reply. I too think the history of the stations is pretty incredible – to think there were stations all up and down the entire coast, and now most are gone. Though there are some in private ownership like the ones shown on your website, only the ones in the public domain are protected in some way. In our report, this is where your photos would come in.

I was looking further on your site and found another photo of interest – the top photo on the Creeds Hill page. Do you have an extra of this photo as well? This photo would represent a similar type to the newer station at Bodie Island, though in private ownership, and the Little Kinnakeet image would show other NPS-owned stations.

We will certainly give your name with the photos and place your website in the references for the report. The way these reports are generated, our office prints hard copies, and sends those to the Park Service with the digital files, which they then input to a standard format and produce the final reports. I will try to see if I can get you one of these standard Park Service versions, though I do not know how long it takes for them to be produced. If that is not a possibility, as I need to check with our contact there, I can send you a copy produced by our office.

A small print would be fine for each photo, if that’s what is easier for you. We are putting the finishing touches on the reports, and they are due the end of next week. I assume you are located in NC? If so, mail should get the pictures here in a day or so, if you have the prints available. If this time frame looks too tight, digital images would work if you would be willing to do that. They will be in the report in a 3” wide column, most likely. Our mail address is PO Box 10417, Salem Station, Winston-Salem NC 27108.

Please let me know what works for you. Thank you so much for allowing this photo (or photos) in the report – they will really help us argue for protection of the stations.


Jenny Wilkins

Jennifer Plocher Wilkins

Joseph K. Oppermann - Architect, P.A.

It is good to hear that there are others out there outside the lighthouse community who are interested in saving these structures.

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Postby Hersh » Fri Sep 30, 2005 10:15 pm

Yes it is Stephen, and it's good to see that they're using your work in the effort to preserve the stations. I don't know of anyone else who has such a fondness for the LSSs.
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Postby epona » Sat Oct 01, 2005 4:47 am

Great postings.

It is my understanding that their are a number of people/groups that are putting a good of time and effort into preserving Life Saving Stations.

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Postby vacastle » Sat Oct 01, 2005 6:58 am

It's the National Park Service Outer Banks Group, Cape Hatteras National Seashore that's hired this architecture firm. It appears that there are two LSS's under study, the Little Kinnekeat Station and the 1925 Chatham-type Bodie Island Station.

The Bodie Island station is in the plans to be moved to another location and restored.

Also, reported in our next issue of the OBLHS newsletter getting ready to be mailed out this weekend:
Little Kinnakeet Lifesaving Station is getting a facelift! It is being restored to the 1904-15 period and is still under repair in many stages. By the end of this year, bathrooms will be stabilized and a new roof will replace the badly needed one. Another project fund has been requested to restore the entire life-saving station with furnishings and the boathouse. The entire restoration is estimated to be complete in 2011.

Currently, there are two historically restored Life Saving Stations that are open to the public, both at Chicamacomico - the 1911 station and the 1874 station (almost completed). In a few years, there will be two more on OBX. :D

Chicamacomico is open to the public and a wonderful place to visit.

I'm not surprized at all that they found Stephen's website and wanted to use his photos. His site is very thorough and correct.

:yay: Stephen :yay:

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Postby COTA » Sat Oct 01, 2005 7:38 am



You deserve it for all the love and effort you have put forth to bring LSSs' to attention. Until joining this site, I can't recall ever paying these structures much of a glance. I've come to look for them and realize how much of a role they played in our coastal history, as well as the lives they saved. You have done an excellent job with your research and photos for your website. Btw, I like the new look.

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