May 22, 2019



Saturday, August 17, 1940, Wilmington Morning News:

The old 1915 Lewes Coast Guard Station, embarked on a new career after 55 years of housing the Lewes Life Saving crew and Coast Guard at the Delaware Breakwater. It has been relocated 3 miles east to the isolated beach and dunes on Cape Henlopen and will now house the Belhaven Surf Club. Friday evening, August 16, 1940, more than 100 members and guest previewed the building's new modernized interior. The exterior is the same as was when it was a Coast Guard Life Boat Station.

Tuesday, August 26, 1941 Wilmington Morning News:

The Belhaven Surf Club holds a dance at the club located on the Fort Miles Government Reservation, two miles east of Lewes for members and guest this evening. The manager, Steve Pierce, has secured the Schwalto Orchestra of Wilmington to furnish music.

While the Surf Club is located on the restricted government reservation of Fort Miles, club members will need to show their 'card' ' to the guard at the gate to enter. Lewes, Delaware, Friday, November 14, 1941, Wilmington News Journal.

The sturdy frame building which after weathering 55 stormy years of as the Coast Guard Station here, now the Belhaven Surf Club, on a sand dune overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, will again become government property and serve the 'brass' of Fort Miles, as Officers Headquarters after December 1, 1941. It is not yet known what will become of the 'salty' collection of seafaring relics of the Surf Club, anchors, ship accessories and marine life specimens.

Lewes, Delaware, Saturday, November 15, 1941, Wilmington Morning News.

The Belhaven Surf Club located within Fort Miles Reservation will be taken over December 1, 1941, by the government and used as officers housing quarters. Steve Pierce, the former owner, and manager of the Belhaven Surf Club plans to open the Belhaven Surf Club, fronting on Red Mill Pond, Broadkiln Hundred.

Lewes, Delaware Tuesday, December 2, 1941. Wilmington News Journal

The old Lewes Coast Guard Station, now on the Cape Henlopen dunes, as the Belhaven Surf Club, facing the ocean, has now been taken over by the government as Army and Navy Officers Headquarters. Official acceptance was made by Colonel George Ruhlen Ft. DuPont in the company of Major Ralph Baker of the 261st National Guard of Ft. Miles.

This building is now the Post home of the Rehoboth VFW, moved to that location in 1949 or 1950.


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