The history of the U. S. Coast Guard dates back to 1790, when President Washington named General Joseph Otis as the head of Revenue Marine in the Port of Barnstable. It became the first Coast Guard installation on Cape Cod. That is just one of the many tidbits of information to be found at the Coast Guard Heritage Museum.
Located here in Barnstable, nearby the B&B, the museum is in an historic brick building that was once a former U.S. Customs House, and was also used as a Post Office. It makes for a fascinating visit, providing a wonderful overview of the Coast Guard and its impact on the country and Cape Cod. In addition to memorabilia and information on the Coast Guard, you’ll find items relating to the Lighthouse Service, which continues to be a big part of the Coast Guard.
The museum offers two floors of exhibit space. The first floor delves into the Coast Guard background, with a special exhibit in honor of the 60-year anniversary of its greatest small boat rescue.
The second floor is dedicated to the Lighthouse Service, with a great selection of artifacts and information covering lighthouses, lightships, their keepers and crews. On this floor you’ll also find some great exhibits on the Coast Guard service in wartime from World War II through Afghanistan, aviation and women in the Coast Guard.
Before leaving the museum, be sure to visit the Gift Shop, which offers a nice selection of books, videos and artwork.
Coast Guard Heritage Museum
3353 Main Street (Route 6A), Barnstable, MA
Open May – October, 2016
Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
$5/adults; active duty USCG personnel and children under 10/free
You can walk to the museum from the B&B—another nice bonus of staying with us. Give us a call to book your summer stay soon!
Photos courtesy of Coast Guard Heritage Museum.