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Little Kinnakeet & Bodie Island LSS

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Postby beachbum1616 » Sun Apr 02, 2006 3:59 pm


I mentioned earlier post that I have some new information concerning the Bodie Island and Little Kinnakeet life-saving stations.

On our way home from Ocracoke, I had two LSS that I wanted to stop in on and see if anything new was going on. One of them was of course Little Kinnakeet. We have visited this site a couple of different times and each time, we could tell that some work was being completed and that things for the station were improving. At our last visit in October, scaffolding surrounded the 1874 station and I could tell major work was occurring. Imagine our surprise when we pulled in and the 1874 station and the 1892 summer kitchen were painted an orange color, which was accurate to the 1892 time period.

There is a chain link fence that surrounds the property and because if this, it makes it hard to get good photos of the station buildings. Staying out side the fence, I started taking photos of the station and one of the men working there spoke. He asked if we wanted to come in and take a few photos.

We drove around and parked, and went into the office to pick up our hard hats. Yes, I have photos, and we introduced ourselves and were given some information about what is going on there. When the Historic Structures Report (HRS) was mentioned, I told them that I had two photos in the HRS for the Bodie Island LSS. He flipped out the Bodie HRS, and there were my photos. I have the actual hard copy of the report, and they had to print theirs from a CD. The NPS didn’t have the hard copies of the report yet, but I have had mine since November. If that wasn’t cool enough, that got us a personal guided tour of both buildings. You know we took a number of photos that we will share if you are interested.

By the way, the Bodie Island station buildings are going to be moved to the entrance to the Bodie Island LSS access road later on in the year. The buildings at both stations are going through stabilization at this time only; restoration will be coming later when funding is gathered.

Here is one of the 1874 station now that it is almost painted so you can get an idea of what we are talking about and other photos are on my site.

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Postby Hersh » Sun Apr 02, 2006 10:22 pm


How lucky are you??? Sounds like they treated you like real VIPs.
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Postby cawteener » Mon Apr 03, 2006 6:15 pm


They sure did! We got the grand tour of the whole place and the "tour guide" even narrated for us, telling about the buildings/rooms and also how they plan on fixing them up.

It was a real treat! We also treated the workers to dessert since we took up part of their lunch time with the tour. (I had made some Chocolate no bake oatmeal cookies --- peanut butter delights according to Stephen--- for the trip and took the bowl to them as a small thank you).
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Postby Hersh » Mon Apr 03, 2006 10:17 pm


That was cool of you, Christina.
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Postby cawteener » Tue Apr 04, 2006 3:08 pm


Stephen and I thought it would be nice to offer something for their time. They must have enjoyed them, the cookies were gone almost as soon as I opened the bowl! :lol:

I am glad though, because Stephen and I had already finished off one bowl and didn't need to eat the other one too!

I figure it was the least we could do since we took up several hours of their time and went into lunch time.
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