Searching for Cape Lookout Lighthouse Keepers Descendants and Life Savers

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Date: February 3, 2009
Contact: Wouter Ketel, (252) 728-2250 Ext. 3005

Harkers Island, NC – Cape Lookout National Seashore is looking for individuals and descendents of all those that worked as keepers and life savers at Cape Lookout.   This includes: 

v      Keepers of the 1859 Cape Lookout lighthouse and the original 1812 Cape Lookout lighthouse,

v      Life savers who worked in the U.S. Life-Saving Service at the Cape, and

v      U.S.Coast Guardsmen who worked at the Cape.


The National Park Service in cooperation with the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and Heritage Center plan to recognize and honor these individuals during this year’s celebration of the 150th anniversary of the lighting of the 1859 Cape Lookout lighthouse. 


If you were a keeper, life saver, coastguardsman, or you are a descendant, or if you know a descendant, please contact Cape Lookout National Seashore by February 28, 2008, with the following information:

  • Your name
  • Your mailing address
  • Your telephone number
  • Your e-mail address
  • Your ancestor keeper’s name and time at the lighthouse
  • Your interest in participating in the event
  • Any photos or documents relating to your ancestor that you would be willing to share that would help enrich the event


Please contact Park Management Assistant/Chief of Interpretation Wouter Ketel by phone at 252-728-2250 extension 3005, or by email at e-mail us for more information.


The 150th anniversary of the lighting of the 1859 Cape Lookout Lighthouse is November 1, 2009.  Cape Lookout National Seashore is planning special events beginning on Columbus Day Weekend, October 9, 2009, and continuing until the anniversary day on November 1, 2009, to commemorate this important event.  Please stay tuned to more details by checking the park web site at

Last updated: April 14, 2015

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Mailing Address:

131 Charles St
Harkers Island, NC 28531


(252) 728-2250

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