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Ocracoke Lighthouse and Silver Lake from Ocracoke National Park Museum
Ocracoke Light
Ocracoke Light - Ocracoke Island Light
Ocracoke Island Light
Location: Ocracoke Island, Hyde County, North Carolina
Coordinates 35°06′32.2″N 75°59′9.6″W / 35.108944°N 75.986°W / 35.108944; -75.986
Construction: Brick
Tower shape: Conical
Height: 75 feet
Characteristic: continuous flash

220 stairs

Admiralty number: J2408
ARLHS number: USA-561
USCG number: 2-0660

Ocracoke Light was built in Hyde County, on Ocracoke Island, North Carolina in 1823 by Massachusetts builder Noah Porter. The lighthouse stands 75 feet (23 m) tall. Its diameter narrows from 25 feet (8 m) at the base to 12 feet (3.7 m) at its peak.

In 1864, Confederate troops dismantled the fourth-order Fresnel Lens, but Union forces later restored it.

Ocracoke Light is the second oldest operating lighthouse in the US,[1] and oldest in North Carolina.[2] The lighthouse was automated in 1955. During the summer months when there is a U.S. National Park Ranger on duty, visitors may enter the base of the lighthouse. However, climbing, unfortunately, is not allowed.


U.S. Coast Guard Archive


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