Sea Level, North Carolina, is home to the oldest retirement home in the United States, Sailor’s Snug Harbor. Created in 1801, the home was founded to care for aging and worn out sailors. In 1833, the facility was officially opened in Long Island, New York to care for retired merchant seamen. While the original property retained its historic value, residents required updated medical facilities which led to the search for a new facility. Sea Level was chosen, and in 1976, the home reopened in North Carolina. The facility’s maritime history remains part of the community; today, maritime art and nautical artifacts adorn the institution which is home to retired mariners and non-mariners alike.