• Tuesday, August 1st - Thursday, August 31st

Every month, the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum hosts a special artifact on display that’s not normally seen by public eyes. For the month of August, visitors can admire a silver lifesaving medal from the Museum’s collection, which is an ideal representation of the heroes that protected the coastline for centuries.

The US. Life-Saving Service was the predecessor of the United States Coast Guard, and this team of hardworking lifesavers worked tirelessly to protect the coastline – especially in tumultuous areas like the aptly named Graveyard of the Atlantic off the North Carolina Coastline. The Outer Banks had a string of these Life-Saving Stations, and each one was recognized during their tenure from the 19th and early 20th century for their long list of achievements. From the famous rescue of the Mirlo, to the successful rescue of the crew members of the G.A. Kohler, the sheer bravery on display in often deadly conditions is simply unparalleled. The silver medal that will be on display for the month of August is a reminder of this service, and will impress anyone who wants to know more about legendary local history. The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum is open Monday through Saturday, and is a free attraction that shouldn’t be missed.