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Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum

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Address: 23645 NC Hwy. 12, Rodanthe, NC 27968
Phone Number: 252-987-1552
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Great way to spend the afternoon!

My boyfriend and I were staying at a local campground and decided to check out the Chicamacomico Life Saving Station on a chilly afternoon. The lady working at the front desk was... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed November 14, 2015
Kris_Chris-WG
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Rodanthe, North Carolina

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New London, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

The life-saving station is a must visit! Rodanthe is very underdeveloped and a wonderful place to stay. The lifesaving museum's presence is perfectly matched with the surroundings. You can feel the history! If you are lucky, you'll hear the stories about the site from a volunteer at Chicamacomico. They are amazing and keep me coming back. I live North, but... More 

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Thank Hickyburn
Rodanthe, North Carolina
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

My boyfriend and I were staying at a local campground and decided to check out the Chicamacomico Life Saving Station on a chilly afternoon. The lady working at the front desk was very knowledgeable and friendly; she handed us guides for the self-tour ($8/per adult) and we spent about 2 hours exploring the buildings and exhibits. I would recommend viewing... More 

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Thank Kris_Chris-WG
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

This place is a nice little museum showing what it was like to be in the early coast guard on the Outer Banks. Lots of displays and historic buildings. Well worth stopping in.

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Thank Robert M
Ellenboro, North Carolina
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015

The Chicamacomico Life Saving Station was a fantastic addition to our Outer Banks vacation. We are a retired Coast Guard family and it was a thrill to see the history of this amazing service detailed and preserved so lovingly. The heroism and heritage of the amazing men who served at the Life Saving Stations down the East Coast is awe-inspiring.... More 

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Thank Terri I
Comox, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015

We learned a lot about the history of lifesaving in this area and the courage of the men who served here.

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Thank mvwalker2013
Selma, North Carolina, United States
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98 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015 via mobile

I'm a history buff and Coast Guard veteran. When I heard about the Chicamacomico Life Saving Station and the story of the Mirlo rescue, I jumped at the opportunity to visit. The site contains the original boat house which contains the actual life boat used in the dramatic Mirlo rescue of 1918. There is so much to see and learn... More 

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Thank Glenn B
Ahwahnee, California, United States
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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015

My family and I went through this museum and learned so much. The historical buildings and the history of the original coast guard is amazing and very worth the visit.

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Thank Sherilee N
Gainesville, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

This excellent museum tells the story of the men working the life saving stations along the Outer Banks. They'd risk their lives trying to save passengers & crew when their ships wrecked along the Outer Banks. This museum tells the story very, very well and has a multitude of photos, actual rescue equipment (boats, line firing cannons, "life car" etc)... More 

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Thank hughh65
Washington, DC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

This historic landmark on the Outer Banks of NC is the best preserved / restored life saving station of its type along the East Coast. If you're a buff, give this place a good hour. It's on the ocean side of HIghway 12 in Salvo, part way south from Nags Head or Manteo toward Cape Hatteras. The men stationed here... More 

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Thank DanishDynamite
De Graff, Ohio
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

This was a self-guided tour of the first "life saving" buildings and equipment used on North Carolina's Outer Banks. What started as a volunteer life saving mission is now the US Coast Guard.

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