Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Summer Programs Scheduled

Posted By on June 11, 2013

The Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station is hosting a great lineup of special programs each week all this summer, including a behind the scenes look at the Nicholas Sparks movie adaptation Nights in Rodanthe, which was filmed on location in the area.

All of the programs are free with paid site admission, and all begin at 2pm outdoors (thus weather dependent), repeating each week from June through August.

You can check out the full schedule of weekly events coming up this summer at the historic Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station in Rodanthe below!

MONDAY: “Nights in Rodanthe Movie — Behind the Scenes”

   Most exterior scenes were actually filmed right here in Rodanthe, where Chicamacomico is located.  Our Site Operations Manager, Linda Molloy, was cast as Jill Torrelson opposite Richard Gere in a brief but pivotal role.  Come get the scoop!  Linda will autograph and personalize your book and DVD purchases here for a truly unique vacation souvenir. The “Inn” is nearby. Neither the Inn nor a viewing of the movie itself are part of this program

TUESDAY: “AMERICA’SFORGOTTEN HEROES”  Marvel at the superlatives that make Chicamacomico so very Special… Hear the stories and discover the forgotten yet fascinating history of the United States Life-Saving Service, the original “Storm Warriors” who were the predecessors of today’s U.S. Coast Guard… Absorb the unbelievable details of actual rescues done here.  Guaranteed to be stunning. You will never forget.


Regular admission fee includes samples! Advanced reservations encouraged but not required. 50 maximum audience. Following the restaurant presentation,  Miz Elsie Hooper, Hatteras Island elder native, will be in the 1911 Cookhouse (adjacent to the Main Station) to conclude the “Traditional Hatteras Island Cooking” program. There she will do a “show & tell” about the actual coal-burning cookstove there.  She will identify the stove parts, explain their uses and tell how to operate it, what it can do, and what it takes to cook on a coal (or wood stove).  Those who have experienced it say the best food they ever ate was cooked on a wood stove… come find out why.

 Every Wednesday EXCEPT for these four special dates (see  next).

COAST GUARD RESCUE OF THE HMS BOUNTY Actual crew members from Air Station Elizabeth City (NC) that made the incredible, famous rescue during Hurricane Sandy, Fall 2012. ONLY June 5, July 3, Aug 7 (the first Wednesday of those months)


The U.S. Life-Saving Service required all stations to practice this rescue method weekly.  Chicamacomico is now the ONLY place in the country—or the world, for that matter—that regularly performs the complete Drill, including live black powder firing and live shot, performed by volunteer active-duty U.S. Coast Guard personnel!  Popularly known as the “Breeches Buoy Rescue Reenactment,” it remains the best show on the Outer Banks!  Witness history come alive.  Very popular; come early.


Another history’s mystery? The longer popular works of drama are around, the more fiction is mistaken for fact. This is simply no ‘mystery’ at all, once the basic factual history is understood.  Where did they go? Where they actually first started, but where was that?  Scott Dawson’s compelling delivery will have you spellbound. Documentation & evidence abound.

BOOK LAUNCHING – July 10th, 2013

Whisper Island by Anola Pickett

If you are familiar with Hatteras Island and with the Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum there, then you will automatically picture those scenes with every page that you read in Whisper Island.  That is no coincidence.  Children and young adult’s author Anola Pickett came to Chicamacomico to do her research for this book – and it shows in the authenticity of the facts, details, and settings of the novel.  Furthermore, if you climb the Watch Tower of Chicamacomico’s 1911 Life-Saving Station, and then look down to the original Chicamacomico 1874 Life-Saving Station, then the cover of the book will look very familiar!

The Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum is one of the many sites on the Historic Albemarle Tour and the National Outer Banks Scenic Byway.  It is located in Rodanthe, the northernmost village of Cape Hatteras Island, oceanside at 23645 NC Highway 12, or MilePost 39.5, or GPS 35 35 737N, 75 27 981W. It is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm from mid-April to end of November.  

One of the new 2013 Summer Programs at the Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station is “Traditional Hatteras Island Cooking" - with samples!

One of the new 2013 Summer Programs at the Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station is “Traditional Hatteras Island Cooking” – with samples!


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Posted by Matt Artz

Matt Artz was a lead reporter and photographer for 'The Coastland Times' newspaper from 2000 to 2009, and has been published in the Outer Banks Sentinel, North Beach Sun, Outer Banks Milepost, among others, before launching OBX Entertainment, NC Film News, and Halloween Daily News in 2012. Matt and Sue Artz are also the founders of the annual Outer Banks Halloween Parade and the Halloween International Film Festival.

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