martha canfield library

PO Box 267 • 528 East Arlington Road, Arlington, VT • 05250
802.375.6153 •

  • Tuesday — 9:00AM – 8:00PM
  • Wednesday — 9:00AM – 5:00PM
  • Thursday — 9:00AM – 8:00PM
  • Friday — 2:00PM – 6:00PM
  • Saturday — 10:00AM – 3:00PM

Russell Collection

Open 9:00AM – 5:00PM
Tuesdays or by appointment

Fire on the Beach sm"Fire on the Beach : Recovering the Lost Story of Richard Etheridge and the Pea Island Lifesavers"  by David Wright

This is an extremely well written, amazing story of the all-black crew of Station 17 of the U. S. Life-Saving Service on North Carolina's Outer Banks, the "Graveyard of the Atlantic". Richard Etheridge was born a slave on the Outer Banks in 1842.  He fought during the Civil War as a fugitive slave and after the war returned to North Carolina and enlisted in the Life-Saving Service in 1875.  In 1879 he was made 'keeper' of Station 17.  His station carred out a truly heroic action, saving all passengers when the ship E. S. Newman floundered during a hurricane on October 11, 1896.

The seven men of Station 17 were outstanding, not because of their color, and not in spite of their color.  They were outstanding because they did what they did not for money or recognition, but to save lives.

The book reads like the best thriller.


New Books

for all ages


Click to see updated lists