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The Coast Guard Heritage Museum

“It is an interesting biological fact that all of us have in our veins, the exact same percentage of salt in our blood, that exists in the ocean”

The Coast Guard Heritage Museum is located in Barnstable Village on Cape Cod, MA. The Museum features items and information covering the history of the Life Saving Service as it existed on Cape Cod, Including stations, equipment, and stories.

The museum site is owned by the town of Barnstable, Massachusetts. In addition to the museum building, which is a former US Custom House and was later a Post Office, the property includes the Village Smithy, a working blacksmith shop with daily demonstrations, and “The Oldest Wooden Jail in America”. The Jail was relocated to the site from another site nearby, and has recently been opened to visitors.


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