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Moving Day Finally Arrived at Chicamacomico LSS!!

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Postby vacastle » Sun Feb 20, 2005 8:06 am


News of this move is posted on the front page of Lighthousing .net

Has anyone been by Chicamacomico Life Saving Station this past week to see the buildings being moved?

Can't wait to go by there and see for myself. Looks like I will get a chance to in March. :D

Chicamacomico Life Saving Station opens for the 2005 season, April 18, and you can visit the official web site at http://www.chicamacomico.net/

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Postby beachbum1616 » Sun Feb 20, 2005 4:25 pm


Judy,

Linda told us about the move when we were there in October. I think it will enhance the site and make it easier for people to see the changes the site has undergone since it was first built.

What is the story with the 1907 house being donated?
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Postby vacastle » Sun Feb 20, 2005 4:44 pm


Stephen,

I'm going to ask Linda Malloy. I've been trying to figure out where this 1907 building was located too. I remember something being said about the Midgetts having a building they wanted to donate to Chicamacomico, back in a much earlier discussion we were having here at LH.net.

Anyway, here's the complete text from the Sentinel article pertaining to the building the Midgets have donated...
A 1907 house owned by Tim and Trisha Midgett and Betty and Rudy Gray is also being donated to the site, allowing a third interpretative area which will focus on how people lived during the period.

"Some of the furniture in the house is original," enthused (Ken) Wenberg. "It's going to be great."

The Midgetts and Grays are also paying to have the house moved. It is expected to be on the site by the end of this week.

The two-story house, which has three bedrooms, will eventually be restored to its original condition, according to Wenberg, who is hopeful that visitors to the site will at least be able to take a look inside when it reopens to the public in April.

http://www.womacknewspapers.com/obsentinel/

If you find out first, be sure to post!

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Postby vacastle » Mon Feb 21, 2005 6:18 am


Linda Malloy of Chicamacomico LSS explains about the 1907 building...
2/21/05,
We're SO THRILLED to be finally moving the buildings! Although it's taking a little longer than expected (lots of over wash, soggy grounds, etc.) the move is underway!

The 1907 Palmer Midgett house is still in its original location...for about 4-7 days longer. Just south of the Water Treatment facility (next door to Chicamacomico - south side), on the ocean side. Two stories, 3 bedrooms. A wonderful example of early 1900's architecture on Hatteras, with some original furnishings inside.

Palmer Midgett was once the superintendent of the US Coast Guard for the 6th District. He raised his family in Rodanthe. We've got a wonderful photograph of Palmer (in his dress whites) posing with the crew of the Pea Island Station, probably from the 1920's or so. Still have a lot of details to learn.

Eventually the house will be restored, although it's in pretty good shape right now. We will eventually refurbish it with period furniture, open it to the public, interpret life on Hatteras Island during that period.


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Postby beachbum1616 » Mon Feb 21, 2005 4:30 pm


Linda said
lots of over wash


Would that be from the ocean? The station sits a fair distance from the beach. :?
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Postby vacastle » Tue Feb 22, 2005 4:26 pm


I'm wondering too, Stephen.

I know I've seen standing water there quite a few times.
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This is a photo I took in 2003. The ocean looking at this photo is behind that modern brick building...or straight ahead.
Maybe they had heavy rain last week?

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Postby beachbum1616 » Tue Feb 22, 2005 5:16 pm


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Judy,

Here is a view of the area from the 1911 watch room. It had to be rain.
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Postby Pharoslvr » Wed Feb 23, 2005 7:25 am


I wonder if they still own any of the ocean frontage [or retain some form of easement], or can we expect more development? Obviously, at one time they did. It seems as though as each year passes, another house is built out front.

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Postby beachbum1616 » Wed Feb 23, 2005 9:07 am


Brent,
The wreck pole it still there near the beach. Is it an original? I doubt it, but that leads me to believe that they may own some portion of the beach front property. Maybe judy can help us on this one also?
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Postby vacastle » Wed Feb 23, 2005 6:47 pm


I think they still do. Maybe we can get this confirmed. I know they have scheduled regular activities on the beach during the summer months again this year.

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Postby island » Wed Feb 23, 2005 8:16 pm


Overwash is when the waves are high and wash over the crest of dunes, seawalls or similar natural or man-made barriers. Overwash often produces standing water on the land side of said barriers.

This wreck pole is probably not the same design as the original at Chicamacomico. It is of later vintage (perhaps 1930s) design that the Coast Guard constructed at numerous lifeboat stations

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Older style wreck pole.

Other renditions may be seen in the photo gallery on the Chicamacomico web site.
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Postby beachbum1616 » Sun Mar 27, 2005 5:39 pm


Any word on how the moving went?
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Postby vacastle » Sun Mar 27, 2005 8:33 pm


There are a few photos posted at http://www.chicamacomico.net/

When I was down two weeks ago, we rode past the site everyday, but had no time to stop. I have plans to meet with Linda Malloy this week, so I'll see first hand and get the whole scoop. Photos too!

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