Currituck Lighthouse

Currituck LighthouseThe Currituck Lighthouse on the Outer Banks of North Carolina is a red-brick lighthouse that still serves as an aid to navigation today. The beacon can be seen for 18 nautical miles and automatically comes on each evening. The lighthouse is easily distinguishable from other regional lighthouses since its red-brick exterior was left unpainted. Visitors can get a sense of the multitude of bricks used to form the structure. About 30 years ago, this national landmark was in need of repair. The nonprofit Outer Banks Conservationists was created to preserve the light station. The OBC has since spent nearly $1.5 million dollars for maintain and operate the lighthouse. All of the money is private funding, no government funds are received. With the help of OBC, the lighthouse was opened to the public in 1991. Today, visitors can climb the 214 step winding staircase to the top for a panoramic view of the Currituck Sound, the Atlantic Ocean and the Currituck Outer Banks. Inside the lighthouse visitors will find museum quality exhibits and information about the history of the lighthouse, the Fresnel lens, shipwrecks and lighthouse keepers. Lighthouse Facts • 214 steps • 162 feet tall • Approximately 1 million bricks • Thickness of wall at base is 5 feet 8 inches • Thickness of wall at parapet is 3 feet