Back in the day, when “the real rock and roll” ruled, Beaufort’s Melody Makers was one of the most sought-after beach bands in the state. Local folks wax nostalgic remembering beach parties, teen romance, and shagging the night away to high-energy music.

As far as history goes, the band was an important part of growing up in Beaufort. Now, “The Beat Goes On” is a special exhibit at Beaufort History Museum – featuring photos, instruments, amplifiers and framed albums of the Melody Makers biggest hits.

“Regardless of where you grew up, there was that one special band, that first slow dance, that first beer,” said Mary Lou Brewton, a local native and vice president of the Museum’s board of directors. “In Beaufort, we had many great bands, but none have had the longevity of the Melody Makers. From Bailey’s, Oakgrove and the Varnville Pool, the Melody Makers and that sweet Carolina Beach music rocked our youth away.”

The Melody Makers exhibit will be available through August.

Special themed exhibits are ongoing at the Museum, which is also completely renovating its principal Exhibit Hall. Phase I of the renovation opened in the spring of 2018. Phase II, which will offer interactive displays and innovative digital opportunities to explore Beaufort’s 500-year history, will open later this year.

“When Baby Boomers go into museums, we are shocked to see our grandparents’ and parents’ artifacts. Now we are them,” Brewton said.

Brewton also is co-chair of the Museum’s Collection Committee and is encouraging people to preserve photos, books and artifacts that tell the story of our past. “If people have artifacts they would like to share, we will help them find a home for them,” she said.

Beaufort History Museum, located on the second floor of the historic Arsenal at 713 Craven St., has evolved to focus specifically on the history of the Beaufort District. It strives to manage and display artifacts and documents held by the City of Beaufort, telling the compelling stories of this area from the early 16th century to the modern era.

Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Docents are on duty to provide information and conduct tours. Admission is $7 per visitor ($6 for seniors). Children and active military are admitted free of charge.

For more information, visit beauforthistorymuseum.com or BHM’s Facebook page.