The mission of the Amagansett Life-Saving & Coast Guard Station Museum is to preserve and tell the story of the Amagansett Station, its surfmen, and America’s fast-vanishing Life-Saving and early Coast Guard stations and watercraft. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, our museum is dedicated to:
- Providing access, understanding, and enjoyment of this important piece of local and national maritime heritage and its ongoing preservation;
- Providing education and public programming to engage future generations in its history, commemorate historical events, and celebrate Amagansett’s role in maritime history; a commitment to the Station’s earned Absolute Charter from the New York State Board of Regents;
- Presenting special exhibitions and producing events historical or nautical in nature which have featured authors, film screenings, re-enactments, and photography as well as conservation efforts such as organized beach cleanups and being a research site for local institutions of higher education;
- Maintaining a thoughtful collection of artifacts to preserve and celebrate the history of lifesaving on the U.S. coastline.
East Hampton Town Lifeguard Administrative Office Mission
The Amagansett Life-Saving Station, in addition, is home to the East Hampton Town Lifeguard Administrative Office. The East Hampton Town Lifeguards are tasked with the seasonal supervision of the town’s eight ocean beaches and three bay beaches in the hamlets of Amagansett, Springs, and Montauk.
From its headquarters in the historical Amagansett Life-Saving Station and 12 towers around the South Fork of Long Island, this staff of approximately 100 lifeguards is dispatched to respond to waterborne emergencies all along the district’s coastline using trucks, ATVs, and PWCs. Aside from its primary, first-responder, mission, the agency takes a leading role in promoting water safety and world-class lifeguarding.
Preserving the Station
The Amagansett Station was abandoned after World War II and in 1966 was auctioned by the Coast Guard. Local resident Joel Carmichael bought the station and moved it to nearby Bluff Road where it had a new life as his family’s residence. In 2007 the Carmichael family donated the Amagansett Life-Saving Station to the Town of East Hampton and it was moved back to its exact original location on Atlantic Avenue.
On May 17, 2007, the East Hampton Town Board designated the Amagansett U.S. Life-Saving Station a historic landmark by resolution 2007-43. The board appointed an advisory committee of residents, which then became the nonprofit Amagansett U.S. Life-Saving and Coast Guard Station Society, overseeing the multi-year restoration of the Station to its original 1902 design, an undertaking guided by the comprehensive Historic Structure Report commissioned from Historic Services Director Robert Hefner.
In May 2017, after its dutiful historic restoration, the Amagansett Station opened its doors as a museum for public education and enjoyment. Through special programs, visiting exhibitions, tending to our one-of-a-kind permanent collection, and a dedicated group of docents and volunteers, we strive to preserve its story for generations to come.
To learn more about how you can support continued preservation efforts including restoring the last surviving World War II-era phone booth used by the Coast Guard and commissioning our own seaworthy Beebe boat replica, the original of which is the only surviving example in the U.S. and on loan to the Amagansett Station from the National Park Service, contact us or visit our donation page.
Who We Are
James S. Bradley, Co-President
Michael Cinque, Co-President
Gary Adamek, Vice President
Dakota Arkin Cafourek, Vice President
Stephen J. Marzo, Treasurer
Nina D. Gillman, Secretary
Isabel S. Carmichael
Elena P. Glinn
David B. Lys
BMCM Edward Michels, USCG, Ret.
John Ryan, Jr.
BMC James Weber, USCG, Ret.
Ex Officio Members
Kent Miller, Honorary Chairman Emeritus
We would like to extend a special thank-you to everyone who donated to the Amagansett Life-Saving & Coast Guard Station Museum restoration project. Without their generosity, we would not be able to enjoy the museum we have today — and are eternally grateful to:
Amagansett Fire Department
Amagansett Wine & Spirits
Nancy & Robert Amato
Artists & Writers of East Hampton
Hilaria & Alec Baldwin Foundation
James Bishop Electrical Contractor
Bistrian Gravel Corporation
Philip J. Cangiolosi Mason Contractor
L. David Carmichael & Constance M. Park
Michael N. Cinque Family
David & Leslie Clarke
John de Cuevas
Dejoux Family Charitable Gift Fund
Devon Yacht Club
Robert & Susan Downey
Victor M. Earle III
E.H. Volunteer Ocean Rescue
Thomas J. Edelman Foundation
Nicolas & Anne Erni
Hampton Lifeguard Association
Kamco Supply Corporation
Ben Krupinski Builder
Bonnie & Ben Krupinski
Ronald & Jo Carole Lauder Foundation
Mannix Custom Builders Corp.
Gretchen & John Mannix
Manor Art Glass Studio
Stephen & Karen Marzo
Paul & Nancy McCartney
Maryann McElroy & Robert Miller
Harold McMahon Plumbing & Heating
William & Donna Meyer
Mims Family Painting
Anne & John Mullen
Andre & Lois Nasser
Peconic Sheet Metal
Katharine J. Rayner
Catharine Regan & Kenneth Silverman
REVCO Electrical Supply
Riverhead Building Supply
Rockefeller Charitable Foundation
Stanley & Michele Rosen
Julie & Nicholas Sakellariadis
David E. Seeler
Southampton Masonry Supply
Estate of Arthur Stein
Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office
Steve Thurber Construction
Robert D. Uher
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 550
Village Preservation Society of East Hampton
John & Susan Zuccotti
Connect With Us
Open May through October
Every Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Docent tours are available during open hours or by appointment.
The health and safety of our community are a priority. Please stay home if you have a fever or COVID-19 symptoms.