British Cemetery at Ocracoke
Ocracoke, NC 27960
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British Cemetery at Ocracoke


Walking the streets of historic Ocracoke, visitors may be surprised to see a sign directing them to a British cemetery. Tucked away from the main road, and sitting amid historic homes, a British naval flag flies over this 2,290-square-foot plot of land, which is leased to the British government so long as the sailors rest there. Another British cemetery lies near the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse in Buxton. Both stand as memorials to a dark time in world history. The sailors here rest in honor on foreign soil, a testament to their bravery and sacrifice defending allies along the area dubbed “Torpedo Junction.”

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