In 1834, Alexander Clemons arrived in Marblehead. It was on May 1, 1875, Alexander's sons Lucien, Hubbard, and A.J. Clemons witnessed the capsizing and sinking of a ship and felt the need to build a lifesaving station which was conceived and built in 1876. This Lifesaving Station Museum is a replica of that 1876 U.S. Lifesaving Station and features a variety of exhibits.
Marblehead U. S. Lifesaving Station Reviews & Ratings
This was a fun outing. The adults liked the history in the museum house and the two other exhibits. The toddler liked running around and the rescue boat. Everyone liked the beautiful outdoors with crashing waves and trip hazards painted bright yellow. Only one of us didn't make it to the top of the light house out of fear, giving up half way. Thankfully, there are rest spots as you climb, so you can turn around and won't make people wait as you catch your breath. I managed to make it to the top, but hugged the wall for dear life. Tickets are timed, so you may need to wait for your group to be called. They go over the history before your ascent. The inside exhibits are nicely done and well maintained. You can tell that people really care about preserving the history here. The gift shop in the museum sells keepsakes and general light house memorabilia. There is only one toliet per gender and they are in little outbuildings each featuring a dank and cavernous waste hole you best not drop anything valuable in. They are taking donations for new bathrooms in the gift shop. Plenty of parking to be had in the gravel parking lots. Even if it's raining, there may be a crowd. Bring a picnic and enjoy some Great Lakes history.
Very good displays and explanations of the methods used.
We had a lot if fun taking pictures
Neat to see the history