About This Spot
Established in 1874, the Chicamacomico Life Saving Station was a predecessor to the modern U.S. Coast Guard, of which it became a part in 1915. This historical site features the original building of the life saving station and has a notable history for saving lives. Although this is just one of the many life saving stations once located along the Outer Banks, Chicamacomico is the best preserved site. Today, all the small stations have been replaced by large Coast Guard facilities with power boats, helicopters, radios and radar to do the job once done by men walking the beaches at night to look for ships in trouble. Today the Chicamacomico Life Saving Station is preserved as a museum and a monument to the brave and dedicated Watchmen who manned them. While at the station, be sure to check out the amazing story of the all African American Life Saving Station on Pea Island. Chicamacomico Life Saving Station and its beautifully preserved buildings make interesting subjects for photographs.
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