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CURRITUCK BEACH LIGHT

State: NORTH CAROLINA
Location: OUTER BANKS / WHALE HEAD BAY
Nearest City: COROLLA
County: CURRITUCK
U.S.C.G. District: 5
Year Station Established: 1873


Currituck Beach Light
NPS photo by Ralph Eshelman, 1996
Existing Historic Tower:
  • Year Light First Lit: 1875
  • Is the Light Operational? YES
  • Date Deactivated: N/A
  • Automated: 1939
  • Foundation Materials: TIMBER/BRICK
  • Construction Materials: BRICK
  • Markings/Patterns: NATURAL RED BRICK W/BLACK LANTERN
  • Shape: CONICAL ATTACHED TO "REPAIR ROOM"
  • Relationship to Other Structures: ATTACHED
  • Tower Height: 162
  • Original Optic: FIRST ORDER, POLYGONAL FRESNEL
  • Year Original Lens Installed: 1875
  • Present Optic: FIRST ORDER, FRESNEL
  • Year Present Lens Installed: 1875
  • Height of Focal Plane: 158
  • Fresnel Lens Disposition: ORIGINAL LENS STILL IN OPERATION
  • Has tower been moved? NO
Previous Tower(s): N/A

Modern Tower? NO

Existing Sound Signal Building? NO

Existing Keepers Quarters? YES
  • Year Constructed: 1876
  • Number of Stories: 2.5
  • Architectural Style: STICK STYLE DUPLEX
  • Construction Materials: WOOD
Other Structures: PRIVY, CURRITUCK LIGHTHOUSE DEPOT (MOVED TO SITE IN 1920 TO BE USED AS 2ND KEEPERS QUARTERS, NOW A MUSEUM SHOP), 2 CISTERNS, STOREHOUSE/PRIVY (NOW USED AS OFFICE)

Current Use: ACTIVE AID TO NAVIGATION/MUSEUM

Owner/Manager: OUTER BANKS CONSERVATIONISTS, INC.

Open to the Public? YES (Go to Lighthouses to Visit for access information)

National Register Status: LISTED; Reference #73001333
Name of Listing: CURRITUCK BEACH LIGHTHOUSE
On State List/Inventory? NO; Year Listed:

Miscellaneous:
RESTORATION BEGUN 1982; TRANSFERRED TO THE OUTER BANKS CONSERVATIONISTS IN 2003 UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE NATIONAL HISTORIC LIGHTHOUSE PRESERVATION ACT



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