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WELCOME Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station!

Chicamacomico’s First 2015 Visitors

Call 252-987-1552 for Admission Prices & Program Summer Schedule (fees subject to change)

chicamacomicos 1st visitors for the 2015 season

The Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum opened on April 1st (no foolin’!) for the 2015 season. Joyce and Fred Holmes, from Fairfax, Vermont (the Green Mountain State) were the first visitors early that day.

Reciprocal Generosity

Site Manager James Charlet greeted them and then informed them of their special status.
“They were so pleased, honored and respectful,” observed Charlet, “that I asked them to be my guest to tour the Site in honor of their status of being our first visitors of the new season.”

After a lengthy visit, the Holmes returned to the Gift Shop with lots of compliments. Then, Mr. Holmes did something astounding, but Charlet admits, “It happens more often than you might think. He made a significant donation in place of his ‘free admission!’"

As they were leaving, Charlet warned them that he likes to make puns, and then said,
“I’m so glad we made you feel right at Holmes here!”

Hatteras Weddings at Chicamacomico

The Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum in Rodanthe, the northernmost village on Hatteras Island, could be the most overlooked attraction on the Outer Banks. For years I have driven past, Now that I have visited...I can't wait to return."
Jenny Scarborough, The Island Breeze, Hatteras, NC

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.

Our purpose 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. We are open to the public from mid-April through November, and provide our visitors with tours, programs, reenactments and special events.


Life-Saving Station Historic Site

23645 N.C. Hwy 12
P.O. Box 5
Rodanthe, NC 27968
Phone: 252-987-1552

Tours & Museum Gift Shop Hours

Mon - Fri
10am to 5pm
April - Nov
Summer Program




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