Living on the edge, between sand and surf, wind and waves, between lookout stations and shipwrecks … living in a place where weather rules, geography dictates and strong men and women are born and grow resilient. That’s what the history of the Outer Banks is made of.
Despite the notion that these communities were isolated, the area was the setting for many events of national and international significance. In addition to German U-boats hunting and torpedoing Allied vessels during World War II, Civil War battles were waged here, early radio communications took place here, military aviation took a giant step forward and great storms exacted heavy tolls on ships and communities alike.
Take some time to explore the lighthouses, museums and many historic markers that reverently tell the tales of the heroic figures who kept our shores safe in times of peace as well as in times of war. Their stories live on from generation to generation and we are proud to share them.
The barkentine Josie Troop from Nova Scotia wrecked 500 yards south of the Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station at 7:00pm on 22 February, 1889 in a severe nor’easter. It was carrying a load of two million pounds of chalk from the “White Cliffs of Dover,” England. The ship’s Master and 10 of the crew of 17 perished […]
Since being restored to its 1901 appearance, the station has operated as a welcome center by the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau through a partnership agreement with the National Park Service. The first US Weather Bureau Station managed by the Army Signal Services on Hatteras Island was established at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Keepers’ Quarters in […]
With its two stations and five outbuildings, Chicamacomico (pronounced chik a ma COM i co) is the most complete site of remaining life-saving stations in North Carolina and one of the nation’s most complete sites. Our purpose is to restore, preserve, protect, educate and interpret the rich history of these valiant men and their dedication to […]