• Spring-time view of the seashore, with shorebirds returning to the surf.

    Cape Hatteras

    National Seashore North Carolina

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Closed on September 6 for Window Replacement Project

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Date: September 1, 2006

The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse will be closed for climbing on September 6 for one day only to complete the installation of the first of seven new cast ductile iron windows. This first window is a prototype window to verify proper fit. Once proper fit is established, then the remaining six windows will be fabricated and installed after the lighthouse closes for the 2006 season in October.

The new windows will restore the original historic look to the lighthouse and will operate more effectively, provide better ventilation, and wind resistance.

Garcia Forest Service, LLC, an NPS contractor, anticipates the one day closure will be sufficient time to complete the work.

Did You Know?

Lightning whelks are one of the few species of

Lightning whelks eat about one large clam per month. The whelk pries the clam open with its muscular foot, wedges the clam open with its shell, then eats the soft inside of the clam. Lightning whelk shells, which whorl to the left, wash up on the beach at Cape Hatteras National Seashore.