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Ocracoke Island Lighthouse

The Ocracoke Island Lighthouse

A picture of the Ocracoke Island Lighthouse in North Carolina.

The Ocracoke Island Lighthouse was started in the year of 1823. It is considered to be the oldest lighthouse in North Carolina that is still in service and full operations. In the entire country, it is also the second oldest next to the Boston Light on the Little Brewster Island since 1716. There are stories that there were once an Indian village who once lived right on the site where the lighthouse stands. It costs a total of about $11,349 to build the entire lighthouse.

The island measures about 16 miles in length which is right on the outer banks off the state. It was made popular by Blackbeard the Pirate who used the place as their secret hideout. By 1715, a certain law was passed to make it a port so as to contibute for the overall trade and navigation right around the entire coast.

It was only in the late1700s when another law was passed to then build the Oracoke Lighthouse. Its entire construction was somehow delayed during the seventies just when the government took over the control for the navigational systems of the entire state. It was then in the 1820s when the island then also was transformed to become a major shipping port.

It was then equipped with some fresnel lens by the 3rd order which was then replaced also in 1854. By 1946, it was then automated and its keeper that time already left service. It was in the year of 1989 when several repairs were made and some repainting was done too.

The Ocracoke Island Lighthouse Spiral Stairs

A look up at the stairs inside the Ocracoke Island Lighthouse.

 

The Ocracoke Island Lighthouse Receives A Few Guests

A look at tourists enjoying the grounds of the Ocracoke Island Lighthouse.

 

An Overcase Day At The Ocracoke Island Lighthouse

A dark and cloudy at at the Ocracoke Island Lighthouse.

 

The Grounds Of The Ocracoke Island Lighthouse

A view of the Ocracoke Island Lighthouse and area around it.

 

The Ocracoke Island Lighthouse's Plaque

A look at the info plaque of the Ocracoke Island Lighthouse.

 

The Back Of The Ocracoke Island Lighthouse

A look of the Ocracoke Island Lighthouse from behind.

 

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