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North Carolina

Lighthouses reveal maritime history

Visitors can find a unique lighthouse about every 40 miles along the picturesque shore of North Carolina.

In their almost 200-year history, the NC lighthouses have endured untold adventure. They have been moved, demolished, reincarnated. From the Civil War to high winds and relentless erosion, each of these beacons has a story to tell.

Currituck Beach Lighthouse Whalehead Hill, in the community of Corolla, is the site of this brick lighthouse located between the lighthouses at Bodie Island and Cape Henry, Virginia.

The Currituck Beach Lighthouse and the lighthouses at Bodie Island, Cape Lookout and Cape Hatteras were all built on the same basic model, but Currituck Lighthouse sports a distinctive red brick façade. Its approximately one million bricks were left unpainted to help seafarers distinguish it from its neighbors.

Completed in 1875, the Currituck Beach Lighthouse was the last of the brick lighthouses constructed on the North Carolina coast. The light from the 158-foot structure can be seen for about 19 miles. From Easter to Thanksgiving, visitors can climb 241 steps to the top of the Currituck lighthouse, which has been lovingly restored.




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