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Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum
Ranked #1 of 6 things to do in Rodanthe
Certificate of Excellence
Waco, Texas
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
“We'll worth a stop”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2014

This is a hidden little gem on the Outer Banks. Both historically and aesthetically pleasing. The small, friendly and knowledgeable staff were excellent. The history of the Life Saving Service is presented in an interesting and pleasing way. The buildings are small but exquisite and the over all experience will be fun for grown ups and kids.

Visited June 2014
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Toronto, Canada
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“A Must-See on the Outer Banks”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2014

As mentioned in other reviews this is a wonderful re-creation and preservation of an important, often over looked part of the history of The Outer Banks and what makes the landscape and people who live here so special. The various buildings on the site along with the comprehensive, easy to use guide help transport you back to a time when these life-saving stations were filled with local men who were trained to rescue those in peril from the sea, often risking their own lives so that others might live. We leisurely wandered through all of the buildings and explored and enjoyed all of the informative displays and artifacts. The historic site and museum were excellent but what really made the visit stand out were the two amazing folks managing the site. They were more than happy to answer any questions that we had and provided many wonderful stories and facts that made the whole experience come to life for us. Their passion for keeping this part of The Outer Banks history alive and passing it on to future generations was obvious and contagious. This is a must-see while you are visiting The Outer Banks!

Visited June 2014
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Bowling Green, Ohio
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31 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“An Interesting Stop”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2014

My wife and I were traveling north on Route 12 along North Carolina's Outer Banks when we passed the Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station just before pulling into a convenience store for something cold to drink. While sitting on the porch of the store, we could look across the street and see the life-saving station and decided that, since we had the time, we'd go and check it out. I'm glad that we did. While the buildings have been moved (the Outer Banks keep moving to the west a little bit each year), they are all original and so is the equipment on display. The staff is enthusiastic and knowledgeable about all aspects of the station and the displays provide enough information to give a good idea of what life at the station was like. We spent about 90 minutes at the site and felt that it well worth the time. My only regret is that I forgot to ask the staff where the name of the station came from.

Visited May 2014
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Vandalia, Ohio
1 review
“Lost Story of our great American history”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2014

This is a stunning recreation of heroic missions that men accomplished while saving ships and lives at sea. This site is completely privately funded and the restoration of the buildings is, in itself, incredible! It is a lost story of our great American history so abundant in the Outer Banks. The folks here are friendly and eager to inform you about this wonderful restored historical site. It's definitely worth your time to make a short stop here.

Visited May 2014
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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32 reviews
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“Great look at Outer Banks History”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2014

Visited the museum in April 2013 and learned so much about the history of the Outer Banks. The personal stories of the lifesavers shed light on what it was like to live in this place in the late 1800s/early 1900s. The Outer Banks has the lighthouses to guide ships away from trouble, but the lifesavers had to take over once the ships fell into trouble. This museum definitely fills out the maritime history of this beautiful area by telling the tales of those who fell into trouble, and what was done to save them. Full of great artifacts and informative caretakers, this is definitely a place to visit and not just on a rainy day.

Visited July 2013
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