We visit North Carolina's Outer Banks every year. Like many vacationers, we've tended to zip by the Chicamacomico Life Saving Station and museum without a second glance. This year, we decided to check it out and we're glad we took the time. The Station is truly a time capsule, lovingly restored and cared for by dedicated interpreters who willingly help you understand what you see. On the day we visited, there happened to be a "food talk" from a local chef, explaining island cuisine as it would have been in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Then a older native of Hatteras Island explained how they cooked on the wood burning stove and the use of various cast iron implements on display in the station's kitchen. She was a genuine "Hoi Toider" (don't know what that means...see the Wikipedia article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_tider). She was a delight to hear. On Thursday afternoons, the station volunteers demonstrate a "life saving drill" to show how the equipment was employed.
I know...you're at the beach to do the beach thing, but this is a part of the local history you'll be glad you took the time to appreciate. Please visit.