Welcome to Chicamacomico Life Saving Station

With Public Safety in mind, Chicamacomico reluctantly cancels all Thanksgiving Week Activities including the Drill, the Pig Roast, and Santa’s Visit.

Stay safe and have the best Holiday Season you can.

With its two stations and five outbuildings, Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station (pronounced chi-ka-ma-COM-i-co) is the most complete site of all remaining life-saving stations in North Carolina and one of the most complete sites in the nation. This site and museum is located on Hatteras Island in the village of Rodanthe on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

Our purpose as a Historical Association 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.

Chicamacomico Annual Season's End Festivities

CCLS Mirlo Rescue Centennial 2018

Commemorating the Mirlo Centennial

Mirlo Rescue Centennial Week Celebrations and Activities

More Info

“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

“The Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station is a wonderful historic site that gives tons of information about an overlooked group of men: the members of the US Life-Saving Services who risked their lives to rescue travelers in peril on the North Carolina Coast. Go and Learn about these brave men!!” — Kelly Goetz, via Facebook Reviews

We are closed and will reopen Easter Weekend 2021

We monitor phone messages, emails, and Facebook comments frequently and do our best to respond in a timely fashion. You can use either phone or email to schedule a bus tour.

As we get ready to welcome visitors, we ask that when you come in to tour our site, shop or just say hi, please wear a mask. We ask this in the spirit of keeping our employees safe and those that are at higher risk. We all look forward to the day when wearing masks will not be necessary, but in the meantime let us all do the responsible thing to keep everyone safe. We are so excited to see some of our loyal members and meet new friends.

Breeches Buoy Apparatus Drill
Every Thursday at 2 pm between Memorial Day and Labor Day

Click here for a brief video of the Beach Apparatus Drill

Upcoming Events

There are no upcoming events at this time.

Centennial of WWI Along the North Carolina Coast (2018)
A Proclamation by the Governor of the State of North Carolina

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Recent Blogs

  • Sand Anchor exhibitionThe Beach Apparatus of the US Lifesaving Service and Early USCG
    The mechanics of The Beach Apparatus of the United States Lifesaving Service and early United States Coast Guard by Larry Grubbs – Station Keeper, Chicamacomico Lifesaving Station The Beach […]
  • Chicamacomico Wins the PrizeChicamacomico Wins the Prize
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  • Dare County Tourism BoardProperty Adjacent to the 1911 Station
    Funded in large part by the Dare County Tourism Board, Chicamacomico was able to purchase the property adjacent to the 1911 Station so as to insure that it remain undeveloped unless and until our […]