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CAPE HATTERAS LIGHT

State: NORTH CAROLINA
Location: N. OF CAPE HATTERAS POINT/OUTER BANKS
Nearest City: BUXTON
County: DARE
Year Station Established: 1797
Year Automated: 1936
Year Existing Historic Tower Constructed: 1870


Cape Hatteras Light
NPS photo by Candace Clifford, 1994
Existing Historic Tower:
  • Is the Light Operational? YES; Date Deactivated: N/A
  • Foundation Materials: GRANITE/TIMBER/RUBBLE
  • Construction Materials: BRICK/CAST IRON/STONE
  • Markings/Patterns: WHITE AND BLACK SPIRAL/RED BRICK BASE
  • Shape: CONICAL W/BLACK LANTERN
  • Relationship to Other Structures: SEPARATE
  • Tower Height: 207 FEET (10 FEET OF WHICH ARE UNDERGROUND)
  • Height of Focal Plane: 192
  • Original Optic: FIRST ORDER, FRESNEL (1870)
  • Present Optic: DCB-24 (1972)
Existing Fog Signal Building? NO

Existing Keepers Quarters? YES
  • Year Constructed: 1871
  • Number of Stories: 2
  • Architectural Style: VICTORIAN
  • Construction Materials: BRICK
Other Structures: DUPLEX ASST. KEEPERS QUARTERS (1854), CISTERNS, OIL HOUSE (1892)

Owner/Manager: U.S. COAST GUARD/NATIONAL PARK SERVICE

Current Use: ACTIVE AID TO NAVIGATION IN NATIONAL PARK/ASST. KEEPERS IS VISITOR CENTER/MUSEUM

Open to the Public? YES; VISITOR CENTER OPEN DAILY AS MUSEUM; TOWER OPEN SPRING, SUMMER, & FALL (CALL FOR TIMES) National Register Status: LISTED: CAPE HATTERAS LIGHT STATION

NATIONAL HISTORIC LANDMARK

HABS/HAER Documentation? YES (NC-357)

Miscellaneous:
AMERICA' S TALLEST TOWER; EXCELLENT EXAMPLE OF THE BRICK 1870S DESIGN USED THROUGHOUT THE NATION; WATCHED OVER THE INFAMOUS DIAMOND SHOALS; MAJOR TURNING POINT ON EAST COAST FOR COASTAL TRADE

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Relocation Project



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