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

    Cape Hatteras

    National Seashore North Carolina

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Paint Project Completed

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Date: June 11, 2014
Contact: Outer Banks Group, 252-475-9034

The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse recently received a fresh coat of exterior paint making this iconic beacon stand out even more boldly against the surrounding green backdrop of oak, pine and wax myrtle vegetation.

The exterior paint project began in late April and was completed in early June.The recent work included painting all exterior lighthouse masonry and ground level foundation, painting exterior metal window and door frames, and washing all granite stones.

The contract included several phases of prep work using a work platform suspended by a system of ropes, cables and pulleys.First, the entire lighthouse was pressure washed and areas exhibiting deterioration were treated with a special sealant to limit moisture intrusion.In the final step the masonry received four coats of black and white paint for the tower and red for the foundation brickwork.

The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is the tallest brick lighthouse in North America.Constructed in 1870, it stands 198.5 feet tall and was built to help ships navigate around the dangerous Diamond Shoals offshore from Cape Hatteras giving it the reputation of "Graveyard of the Atlantic."

For more information on climbing Cape Hatteras Lighthouse see the park webpage at:



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.