More than 2,000 shipwrecks sunk off the Coast of North Carolina in what’s called the Graveyard of the Atlantic. With all that history floating around, it was only natural to build a museum to honor and preserve the maritime culture of the Outer Banks. A state-of-the-art structure, the year round museum houses and displays artifacts, and presents a variety of exhibits and interprets the rich maritime culture that includes war, piracy, ghost ships and more. Artifacts include thoseex from the USS Monitor, which sank 16 miles off the Hatteras coast. The lobby features the stunning and original, 1854, First Order Lens from the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. Current hibits include those on piracy and the Civil War on Hatteras Island.
Blue Whale is a small town convenience store with nearly 40 years under its belt. They offer everything necessary for coastal living and vacationing including groceries, beer, wine, beach supplies, magazines, ice, gasoline and a propane exchange service. Pick up a beach read here including books and magazines. You have got to get the souvenir T-shirt from your stay in Salvo. They have lots of cool choices including hot sauces! Pick up steak, chops, chicken and beef patties for a beach barbeque with all the fixings including delicious marinades. They have fresh produce, as well. If you are into fishing, you can purchase bait and tackle at the Blue Whale, too. Look for the Blue Whale on the sign. If you sneeze in Salvo, you will miss it, but you can’t afford to! While in the area, check out the Chicamacomico Lifesaving Station in Rodanthe. It has fascinating history worth the side trip.
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