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Historic Lighthouses and Light Stations in North Carolina


The year in parentheses refers to the year in which the light was first lit in the existing tower.


Cross-section drawing of lighthouse and attached keeper's house

Bald Head ("Old Baldy") Light (1817)

Location: Bald Head Island/Cape Fear River


Bodie Island Light (1872)

Location: 4 miles north of Oregon Inlet
Cape Hatteras National Seashore


Cape Hatteras Light (1870)

Location: North of Cape Hatteras Point/Outer Banks
Cape Hatteras National Seashore


Cape Lookout Light (1859)

Location: Core Banks
Cape Lookout National Seashore


Currituck Beach Light (1875)

Location: Outer Banks/Whale Head Bay


Diamond Shoal Light (1966)

Location: North Carolina seacoast


Oak Island Light (1958)

Location: Cape Fear River mouth


Ocracoke Island Light (1823)

Location: Ocracoke Inlet/Outer Banks
Cape Hatteras National Seashore


Roanoke River Light (1903)

Location: Relocated from Albemarle Sound


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