Rodanthe, located on the easternmost point of Hatteras Island, has a long and varied history. It was first occupied by local natives as far back as 500 AD. Rodanthe was originally called “Chicamacomico,” after the Native Americans. The town’s most famous attraction, the Chicamacomico Lifesaving Station, still retains the original name.The colonist from the “Lost Colony” were believed to have landed on Hatteras Island before moving to Roanoke Island and then disappearing.
By the 1800’s maritime travel increased and the shoals caused many shipwrecks along the barrier island. Thus, prompting the establishment of the first US Lifesaving Stations.
It was not until the 1950’s that NC12 was paved and in 1953 the Cape Hatteras National Seashore is established with about 60% of the island preserved from future development. In 1963 the Bonner Bridge was built allowing vacationers and residents to get to the island without taking the ferry.
Benefits of Rodanthe
The geography and topography of Rodanthe makes it a world class destination for all kinds of watersports. On the sound side, stand-up paddle boarders, kayakers, windsurfers and sailors enjoy the large shallow water and prevailing winds. Surfers from all over the world flock to this area as a premier surf destination. The S Curves just north of Rodanthe are famous among surfers.
Known worldwide as a game fishing destination; there are many ways to enjoy a day of fishing. Fishermen (and women) enjoy abundant fishing on shore and off-shore. Surf fishermen need to obtain a saltwater fishing license to fish along the Hatteras Island beaches. Licenses can be purchased at local bait and tackle stores throughout the island, or can be obtained online before a trip. A day on the pier fishing is great way to spend time with the family. A license is not required to fish off the Avon or Rodanthe piers, or for any passenger on a local inshore or offshore charter fishing trip.
Of interesting to note, Rodanthe was the setting of Nicholas Sparks novel and subsequent movie, “Nights in Rodanthe” which portions were filmed on the island. The house, “Serendipity” used in the movie, has since been located about a mile south. It was the northeastern most house in Rodanthe. After the movie was completed, the house was damaged and condemned after a nor’easter storm in November 2009. The house was saved from demolition by a private businessman, Ben Huss, from Newton, North Carolina, and moved less than one mile south. The house is available as a vacation rental at the new location. The house was moved by the same company, Expert House Movers, as the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.
Rodanthe is one of the seven villages that make up Hatteras Island. The year round population of Rodanthe is approximately 261 (2010 Census) but increases in the summer months with vacationers. If you enjoy nature and quiet peaceful living, look no further than Rodanthe.