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    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?

The Principal Lightkeeper's Quarters and the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse move toward their new homes, a safer distance from the ocean.

The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is the tallest brick structure ever moved. When it was built in 1870, it stood 1,500 feet from the shore. By 1999, the lighthouse was within 100 feet of the ocean. To protect it from the encroaching sea, it was moved inland a total of 2,900 feet over a 23-day period.