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North Carolina Lighthouses - Currituck Lighthouse, Corolla NC

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Currituck is the first light in a trio of lighthouses heading south around Cape Hatteras. Its red brick exterior and location make it one of the most beautiful lights along the Atlantic. Lighted in 1875, it was the last major light to be built on the east coast and the last brick lighthouse built on the Outer Banks. It stands over 160 feet in height and the light from its 1st order Fresnel lens can be seen from almost twenty miles off shore. It stands at an approximate mid point between the Cape Henry Virginia Lights and Bodie Island Lighthouse.

The Currituck Lighthouse was commissioned by Congress in 1872 to aid mariners in and around the area between Cape Henry and Hatteras. Specifically, the shallow waters off the immediate cost and treacherous currents of the Gulf Stream. Completed in 1875, it contains almost one million bricks and is nearly identical to Bodie Island Lighthouse to the south. Its major distinction being the natural red brick color.

The keeper’s house is a museum and is open to the public. You can climb the light tower for a small fee - wind and weather permitting. There is a breathtaking panoramic view from up top and if you pay close attention, you might see a wild horse or two on the beach to your north.

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Bodie Island Lighthouse, North Carolina

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, North Carolina

Cape Henry Lighthouse, Virginia