CURRITUCK  BEACH  LIGHTHOUSE

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(Photo courtesy of NC Division of Travel and Tourism.)

  • Name: Currituck Beach Lighthouse

    County: Currituck

    Built: 1875

    Operational: Yes

    Body of Water: Atlantic Ocean, Currituck Sound

    Color: Red bars

    Design: Plain

    Height: 162 feet

    Signal Visible: 19 miles
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The Currituck Beach Lighthouse, also known simply as the Currituck Lighthouse, is located in the community of Corolla on Whalehead Hill, 40 miles equidistant from Oregon Inlet and Cape Henry, Virginia. When this lighthouse was illuminated for the first time on December 1, 1875, it completed the chain of lights along the North Carolina coast by filling in a previously dark 80-mile gap. One of the three lighthouses modeled after the Cape Lookout Lighthouse, the Currituck Beach Lighthouse has never been painted in order to distinguish it by daylight from Bodie, Lookout, and Hatteras Lighthouses. The red brick, 158 foot structure sits in a wooded area on sandy land. An underground structure of heavy timbers supports the tower in the sandy terrain and an interior steel staircase strengthens the building. The entrance to the lighthouse has served as a work area for the lightkeeper and as storage for whale oil to light the lamps.

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