The Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station is a partially restored life-saving station, museum, and historic Hatteras site.
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Hatteras Island Museums
Visit a Hatteras Museum on your Hatteras Vacation
With such a rich and storied history surrounding the towns of the Outer Banks, it’s no surprise that there are several wonderful museums to visit in the area. The Croatan Native Americans were the first full-time residents of Hatteras Island, which is evident in the unique names of the different areas. Some time after, Europeans first landed on Hatteras Island in 1524 and began settling sometime in the 1700’s.
Frisco Native American Museum
The Frisco Native American Museum is a great way to learn more about the island’s history and native heritage, with a nationally recognized collection of artifacts. Native American artifacts can in fact still be found on Hatteras Island today.
The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum
During the 18th and 19th centuries, shipwrecks were very common in the waters off Hatteras Island. The offshore waters eventually earned the nickname “Graveyard of the Atlantic,” after 1,000's of ships went down in these waters. The first lighthouse was established on the island in 1802 to help prevent the frequency of shipwrecks. The Graveyard of the Atlantic museum is a wonderful place to learn about the rich maritime history of Hatteras Island and the Outer Banks.
The lighthouse is a must-see landmark when vacationing on Hatteras Island.
Frisco Native American Museum and Natural History Center, located in Frisco, houses a nationally recognized collection of Native American artifacts as well as historical and educational displays.
This museum explores the roughly 3,000 ships that went down in Hatteras Island's rich maritime history.