Rodanthe is the most northern town on Hatteras Island. It was originally names Chicamacomico by the Croatans (a tribe of Algonquin Native Americans) which means “dwelling by the big water”. One of the first sights in Rodanthe is the Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station, a collection of historic buildings that once housed the men, animals and equipment needed to rescue ships stuck on the shoals offshore. Now it serves as a museum and it is a point of pride for the village. Rodanthe is also know from the novel “Nights in Rodanthe” by Nicholas Sparks and the 2008 movie with the same title starring Richard Gere and Diane Lane.