The Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station, consisting of five outbuildings and two main stations, is the state of North Carolina’s most complete site of all of its life-saving stations that still remain. It’s also one of the country’s most complete life-saving station sites. The museum and life-saving station site of Chicamacomico is located on North Carolina’s Hatteras Island, on the Outer Banks in the Rodanthe village. The Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historical Association is dedicated to the restoration, preservation, protection, education, and interpretation of the rich history of the men who served at the United States Life-Saving Service and their dedication to their work. The Historical Association also highlights the history of the site’s buildings, as well as various artifacts.

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The Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station and museum are open to visitors from the middle of April until the month of November. Guests are welcome to explore the site as part of a self-guided tour. As part of their paid admission, visitors are greeted to the site and provided with a brief summary of the rich history of the United States Life-Saving Service, as well as how it is related to the site and station. Guests will also watch a short film about the history of the Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station. Visitors are also provided with a self-guided tour brochure that offers explanations of how to explore the five different exhibit structures at the site.

Groups are also welcome to tour the Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station. Groups with twenty people or more can be accommodated at the site, and are provided with a presentation from staff about the Chicamacomico Life-Saving site’s history as part of their group tour. Group presentation are a popular option at the site, so it’s advised that group book their reservation two weeks ahead of time at a minimum.

Visitors to the the Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station in Rodanthe in the Outer Banks will have the opportunity to explore the site of the first trained rescue responders based on the shore in North Carolina. Guests will also learn more about the site’s heroes, as well as the early beginnings of the United States Life-Saving Service and the United States Coast Guard in the state of North Carolina. In 1874, the Chicamacomino Life-Saving Station was the first Life-Saving Station of seven constructed in the state. It’s also one of the East coast’s most unique historical maritime sites. The original structure of Chicamacomico was commissioned to be built on December 4 of 1874, and was the first staffed Life-Saving Service in North Carolina.

The Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station contains two of the original Coast Guard/Life-Saving Service station structures, as well accompanying buildings, such as water towers, stable, cook houses, rescue equipment, and a potable water cistern. The historical unique site is protected and carefully preserved by the Chicamacomico Historical Association, along with the assistance of volunteers and contributors. Visitors are welcome to explore the Life-Saving Station on their own, and each room showcases various maritime stories and artifacts. A self-bailing motor surfboat used in rescues is also on display.

23645 N.C. Highway 12, Rodanthe, NC, Phone: 252-987-1552

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