Chacamacomico Lifesaving Station
With its two stations and five outbuildings, Chicamacomico (pronounced chik a ma COM i co) is the most complete site of remaining life-saving stations in North Carolina and one of the nation's most complete sites. This site is located on Hatteras Island in the village of Rodanthe on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Chicamacomico was an active US Coast Guard facility from 1915 until 1954. After its decommissioning, the main station (built in 1911) and the Fearing Shipwreck Exhibit were transformed into a museum. They remind us today of the daring rescues made off the treacherous shoals and surf of Hatteras Island in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In 1978, the property was purchased at auction and donated to the Chicamacomico Historical Association. A group of volunteers has worked hard to restore the buildings in accordance to the original specifications. The purpose of the museum is to restore, preserve, protect, educate and interpret the rich history of these valiant men and their dedication to the U.S. Life-Saving Service, as well as interpreting the history of the buildings and artifacts. Open to the public from mid-April through November, with tours, programs, reenactments and special events.