Cape Hatteras National Seashore staff recently installed an educational sign at the Salvo Community Cemetery in Salvo Sound Access. Justin Cook’s “Tide and Time” outdoor exhibit is in the background. Photo: National Park Service

Cape Hatteras National Seashore staff recently installed an educational sign at Salvo Sound Access, also known as Salvo Day Use Area, in an effort to help visitors understand the significance of the eroding nearly 150-year-old cemetery. in Pamlico Sound.

The sign gives a brief history of the community and asks visitors to respect the small Salvo Community Cemetery established in 1872, in the Salvo day-use area, south of the villages of Rodanthe, Waves and Salvo on the Outer Banks .

“The cemetery is unique and offers a tangible way to connect visitors and residents to the history of the Outer Banks. Additionally, there have been ongoing concerns about individuals disrespecting the cemetery, and the hope is that the context provided in the sign will help people realize how important the site is and be respectful, ” said Scott, head of interpretation and education for the Outer Banks group. Babinowich, who wrote the information included in the community cemetery education panel.

Because Salvo Sound Access is such a popular destination, Cape Hatteras National Seashore has plans underway to improve the educational materials available there.

Babinowich said he spoke with Robin Holt, an Outer Banks resident and descendant of those buried in the cemetery, to create the content for the educational panel.

“Robin provided excellent information about the cemetery from his family history and ongoing genealogical research,” he said.

He added that Holt approached the park with his concerns and the sign became part of the solution.

Close-up view of the educational panel at the Salvo Community Cemetery. Photo: National Park Service

Babinowich said the National Park Service will work with Holt and his descendants to improve the information on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore website regarding the Salvo Community Cemetery.

“We are also working to place new educational signs in strategic locations along the coastline to highlight important, but sometimes overlooked, aspects of the natural and cultural significance of the national coastline,” he said. “It is hoped that increased awareness and the personal links established from the panel will encourage better management of the site. “

Babinowich said this educational panel is in loose collaboration with Justin Cook, whose work, “Tide and Time,” was first published in May in Coastal Review in partnership with the National Connected Coasts of the Pulitzer Center.

“Tide and Time” is a documentary, photography and reportage project that studies the effects of sea level rise and erosion through a small eroded cemetery in the Pamlico Strait. Now at the cemetery, a free outdoor exhibit shows the effects of climate change and erosion on the Outer Banks.

“Although the theme of this particular educational panel is more about the history of mankind, we could possibly add another panel focused on the evolution of the coastline,” he said.