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“Chicamacomico Complex”

Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum
Ranked #1 of 6 things to do in Rodanthe
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 7 November 2013

History comes to life in this gem nestled off Highway 12 in Rodanthe. Had the wonderful luck to experience this in the company of a friend who had relatives who actually served here. The curator, James, and the volunteer guide, Mary Ann, could not have been nicer. I will definitely be bringing family and friends here on future visits to the Outer Banks.

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Reviewed 27 October 2013

Great little museum with so much hands on materials. Thought we would spend 30-45 minutes but enjoyed it so much we spent a couple of hours.

Unique setting, topic, and lessons of history. A real jewel during our October visit as the building and grounds were almost empty and we had the facility almost to ourselves.

Stories of courage and unbelievable hardships document the efforts of the locals who saved many lives.

A good time and nice experience- worth the timer its takes to visit

1  Thank jmvassar
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Reviewed 24 October 2013

We visited this fascinating place a year ago and somehow forgot to share our experience. Once again, my favorite sites combine painless history lessons and interesting stuff. Especially stuff you can see up close and touch. Things like this make you proud of our American history and ingenuity.

The in-expensive self guided tour is supplemented by the enthusiasm of the dedicated caretakers. On Thursday afternoons in the summer you can see a reenactment of a real lifesaving team drill. We got lucky and saw an extra event in the fall. Visit their web site for details and schedules.

1  Thank Mark V
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Reviewed 16 October 2013

yes the building is old and looks like nothing from the street, but oh how the cover reveals little of the contents. the visitors shed out front has 1/3 of the shipwrecks listed and mapped (easily 6 ft tall). also one of the lifeboats used till the 50's. think of going out on horribly rough seas to help someone, the risk of your getting killed is huge, but in this seemingly small boat... courageous. the main building has a neat ladder up to the tower to look out and around. note the history of Women in the life saving service, SPARS. truely cool how this small building (out back), the 1st life saving station of the state, was the precursor to the Coast Guard.

1  Thank tab m
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Reviewed 15 October 2013

Take your time and visualize what it must have been like. This was the first US Life Saving Station in North Carolina, built in 1874. There is also the Midgett House you can go though. It is from 1907 and was moved here in 2005. All the exhibits were well done and there were many artifacts. This is worth a stop as you drive up and down the outer banks.

1  Thank nicolediane
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