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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: +1 252-987-1552
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Great Little Historical Site in OBX

The Chicamacomico Life Saving Station is a not-so-hidden gem on Hatteras Island. The buildings are carefully conserved, the exhibits are full of interesting information about the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Richmond, Virginia

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Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Chicamacomico Life Saving Station is a not-so-hidden gem on Hatteras Island. The buildings are carefully conserved, the exhibits are full of interesting information about the US Life Saving Service in the Outer Banks, and the staff are so helpful and friendly. My wife and I highly recommend a visit if you're in Rodanthe. Sometimes there are even live lifesaving... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016 via mobile

We had a good time and the staff was great treated my family very well and they done a good job at teaching you what the life saving station was all about

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Fayetteville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016

Elaine, the guide when we visited, was so knowledgeable and kind. We enjoyed hearing stories about the history of this place, our state, and our country. The walking tour was a surprise bonus for us since we did not know what to expect for our first time visit. However, we do recommend bringing or asking for insect repellent before you... More 

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E. Palatka, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2016

We thought this was an active station so we had avoided it. But, with time to kill on the island and having seen a listing in a local paper of "must see" sites, we decided to go visit this station. The volunteers have done a fabulous job restoring the buildings on the site. The movie was a great introduction to... More 

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Lake Winnebago, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2016

The guides were very knowledgeable and the short film showed how these men saved lives of the people on the stranded ships.

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2016 via mobile

What a fantastic visit we have had today. We learned so much from the guides-Elaine and Dinah. They were so welcoming, knowledgable and enthusiastic about the life and times of "saving lives at sea". A must visit!

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Vero Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2016

This Life-Saving Station (originally part of the United States Life-Saving Service, merged to form the Coast Guard in 1915) is valuable in part because few stations survived abandonment after World War II; it also has an important history of its own. The buildings and items on exhibit (including a surf boat used in the heroic Mirlo rescue of World War... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2016

Lots of interesting history here. The US Life Saving service was the precursor to the US Coast Guard. This is one of the few remaining life saving stations, and the only one in North Carolina. This is a must stop if you are in the area!

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Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2016

We so enjoyed the Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station in Rodanthe on Hatteras Island, North Carolina. We have visited this site on the Outer Banks about 4 times over the years. Makes you think about how life was back in the days when men walked the beaches looking for shipwrecks.

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2016

Very interesting historical site. Staff was interesting, engaged and informative. The next time we are here, we will visit gem again.

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