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

    Cape Hatteras

    National Seashore North Carolina

Wright Brothers National Memorial Visitor Center Reopens

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Date: July 22, 2011
Contact: Outer Banks Group, 252-473-2111

Superintendent Mike Murray announced today the Wright Brothers National Memorial Visitor Center will reopen for normal business hours, Saturday, July 23, 2011, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Visitor Center was closed on Wednesday, July 20th due to a small fire in an air handling unit motor at the facility.

Park grounds and the Wright Brothers Pavilion with interpretive exhibits have remained open to the general public since the fire temporarily closed the Visitor Center.

For more information call 252-441-7430 or check the park website at www.nps.gov/wrbr.

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.