This lighthouse is located on Ocracoke Island which is the last island on the Outer Banks here in North Carolina. It is still in operation and is the second oldest in the nation. It was built in 1823. The light stands 75 feet tall and 25 feet in diameter at its base and 12 feet in diameter at its peak. Inside there is a spiral staircase that goes all the way to the top where the light is. The solid brick walls are five feet thick at the bottom and taper to two feet thick at the top. An octagonal lantern crowns the tower and houses the light beacon. The electric light within is equal to 8,000 candlepower and casts a stationary beam that can be seen 14 miles at sea. A battery powered backup light operates during power failures. The bad new is you can not climb the stairs inside anymore.
This is my favorite Island here along the coast of the Outer Banks. It takes me about 3 hours to get there. One hour and half to get to the ferry decks, One hour on the ferry. Then you have 15 miles ride to the lighthouse. It is a very beautiful island and if you ever get a chance to visit the Outer Banks – it is a must!!
Every chance we get my husband and I stay for the weekend. Soak up the sunshine, eat so really good food and see some friends. I just love it!!