Chicamacomico Lifesaving Station Historic Site
PO Box 5
23645 NC Highway 12
Rodanthe, NC 27968

FAX: 252.987.1559

About the Site

The Chicamacomico Lifesaving Station Historic Site is the only museum in North Carolina that commemorates the Outer Banks shipwrecks, rescues, men, and daily events of the early United States Lifesaving Service. It is one of the most complete Lifesaving Station sites in the country and the only designated as a "hands-on" teaching museum.

Located on the Atlantic beaches of Rodanthe, the unique site includes structures from two historic periods: the 1874 station and its outbuildings, and the 1911 station and supporting structures. Our goal is the provide interpretation of both thee exciting historical periods in the US Lifesaving Service and provide living history programs that help recreate the era.

Children and adults alike will enjoy our fun, free family-oriented programs. From demonstrations and drills to living history and storytelling, we relive the lives of the men who participated in some of the most daring sea rescues of the last century.

Programs also include knot-tying, children's storytelling, scavenger hunts, historical and geological presentations about the barrier islands, and local lore and mysteries.

Our extensive exhibits boast on the largest collections of maritime photography from the era of Outer banks lifesaving. We are also a repository for personal collections and artifacts. Journals, uniforms, tools, rescue equipment, and other collections bring the story to life. The collections are only a portion gathered and managed by the Chicamacomico Historical Association.

    Hours of Operation:Tuesday - Saturday, 9 AM - 5 PM
    Admission Fees: Free, with a suggested donation of $1 per person.

About the Facilities
  • Gift shop
  • Picnic facilities
  • Free parking
  • Public restrooms
  • Exhibits
  • Historic structures
  • Handicap Accessibility:

    Nearest Major Town/City: Nags Head, 20 miles north

    For Visitor Information:

      Outer Banks Visitors Bureau
      One Visitors Center Circle
      Manteo, NC 27954
      Toll-Free: (800) 446-6262
      Fax: (252) 473-5777

    About the Programs

    Major Program Areas: Maritime History

    Education Resources:
  • Guided tours
  • On-site interpretive activities
  • Costumed/period programs
  • Staff interpreters
  • Self-guided exhibits
  • School Tour Requirements:
    • Maximum group size: 100
    • Reservations required
    • $2.00/student (suggested)
    • 1 hour tour
    • Suggested chaperone ratio of 1 to every 10 students
    • Curriculum-based tours to fourth and eighth grade North Carolina students