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Chicamacomico was one of the most famous lifesaving stations on the Outer Banks. Restored, the building opened as a museum in 1982. Now a second building on the property, built in 1874, is under restoration. Mosher chronicles the restoration, which is being done true to the original style of construction.
The Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site at Rodanthe on Hatteras Island is the most complete of the few remaining stations on the East Coast. These stations were the predecessors of the Coast Guard Service, and the stories of the daring rescues they performed are legendary. Chicamacomico closed in 1954 after seventy years of service. Today, the Chicamacomico Historical Association keeps the memory of the station and the men who served there alive through living history performances.
Sharon Twiddy didn't plan to move to the Outer Banks or to restore old buildings and own real estate. However, thirty-five years ago her husband, Doug, convinced her that the coast was a great place to live. Among the places they have restored are the U.S. Life Saving Station, the Lewark-Gray House, and the Corolla School.