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Currituck Beach Lighthouse

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O V E R V I E W
Facility:Currituck Beach Lighthouse
Description:As it had reported in previous years, the U.S. Light-House Board in 1872 stated that ships, cargoes, and lives continued to be lost along the 40 miles of dark coastline that lay beyond the reaches of existing lighthouses. Southbound ships sailing closer to shore to avoid the Gulf Stream were especially in danger. In response, construction began on the Currituck Beach Lighthouse in 1873 with completion two years later.

The Currituck Beach Lighthouse is known as a first order lighthouse, which means it has the largest of seven Fresnel lens sizes. The original source of light was a U.S. mineral oil lamp consisting of five concentric wicks; the largest was 4 inches in diameter. Like the other lighthouses on North Carolina's Outer Banks, this one still serves as an aid to navigation. The beacon comes on automatically every evening at dusk and ceases at dawn. The Currituck Beach Lighthouse was the last major brick lighthouse built on the Outer Banks.
A D D R E S S
Address 1:1101 Corolla Village Road
Address 2:
City:Corolla
State/Province:NC
Zip Code:27927
V I S I T I N G   I N F O
Hours:The Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum Shop are open daily in season 10am until 6pm. The site will begin closing at 5pm when Day Light Saving Time reverts back the first Sunday in November. The season begins 1-week before Easter and remains open through the weekend after Thanksgiving. The site is closed on Thanksgiving Day. During periods of high winds or thunderstorms the lighthouse tower may be closed to climbers. Winter months provide time for restoration and maintenance.
Admission:Admission to the grounds and parking are free. There is a fee to climb the tower for everyone 8 years and older. Tour groups are welcome at Currituck Beach Lighthouse. Special rates are available.
Telephone:(252) 453-8152
Website:http://www.currituckbeachlight.com/
R E V I E W S
Laura Dawson, Co-op Member
Our family has enjoyed visiting all of the lighthouses on the Outer Banks. The Currituck Lighthouse is gorgeous. It is fun to find and spot through the trees that surround it. If you like lighthouses, you'll enjoy visiting all of the lighthouses at the Outer Banks.
Tara, Co-op Member
The lighthouse is beautifully restored and the walk up is very interesting and fun.... if you don't like heights, it's definitely not for you!! The view is spectacular and it's fun for the kids. We learned a few facts, but nothing earth shattering. Although, some of the guides at the entrance will tell you all kinds of fun stuff if you seem interested.
Karen, Co-op Member
Lovely view here of the Corolla sea shore here. It's a short climb compared to the other lighthouses on the Outer Banks. It makes it much easier for the younger ones to climb.
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