Chicamacomico readies for centennial 

Published 10:01 pm Friday, July 6, 2018

Chicamacomico readies for centennial 


By Mary Helen Goodloe-Murphy 

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Since 2014, Chicamacomico Historical Association’s Board of Directors has been preparing for this year’s centennial commemoration of the Mirlo rescue. 

Commemoration events are now in place for Aug. 13 -17. 

And, the historic site of the Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station is almost dressed up and ready.  

Requests for help from the association’s volunteer board members have been honored by agencies, foundations, businesses and individuals. 

Projects restored, rehabilitated or replaced include the 1874 station roof, the 1911 station roof and sides and the 1911 station windows and doors. Public restroom facilities, which the station has never had, are almost completed. The parking lot has a new rock surface and no potholes. A new site sign is out front. New bollards and rope around the site perimeter are in place. 

A yardarm flag pole that travelled to Oregon Inlet stations and back to Chicamacomico is sanded and ready for installation Wednesday, July 18. 

The improvements totaled over $350,000. 

The National Park Service is fixing up Motor Surfboat 1046, the very surfboat used in the Mirlo rescue which is on display in the site’s 1874 building. The restoration crew is expected to return the week of July 16.