Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station open; first drill Thursday

Published 5:36 am Thursday, June 11, 2020

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Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station hosts its first lifesaving drill re-enactment Thursday, June 11 at 2 p.m.

The drill, called the beach apparatus drill, was historically performed by members of the U.S. Life-Saving Service on Thursdays at 2 p.m.

The historic site in Rodanthe is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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The Chicamacomico Historical Association, the group that takes care of the station, has received two grants from the Dare County Tourism Board.

The first grant will rehabilitate the station’s three water cisterns.

The second grant helps the association acquire vacant property immediately south of the existing site. The cost is $95,000 of which the Tourism Board contributed $70,000. The Outer Banks Community Foundation provided $25,000 to meet the selling price. Once the purchase is completed, vegetation will be trimmed to provide an unobstructed view of NC 12.

The Chicamacomico Historical Association board is raising funds this season for projects in the 1874 building, including stabilizing floor joists, rehabbing floor boards and building a handicapped accessible ramp.

Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station is located at 23645 NC Highway 12 in Rodanthe. The mailing address for donations is PO Box 5, Rodanthe, NC 27968. Call 252-987-1552 or email with questions.