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January 6, 2013
From journal Lighthouses of the Outer Banks
January 22, 2005
The Currituck Beach Lighthouse was built in 1875 and the last one to be built on the Outer Banks. It made of unpainted red brick, to distinguish it from other regional lighthouses. When viewing the exterior, you can see the enormous number of bricks it took to create this structure (1 million). It still functions today, flashing at 20-second intervals, and like other lighthouses, it is used to aid in navigation.
The lighthouse was opened to the public in 1990, offering people the opportunity to walk to the top. Although I was hesitant because it seemed so tall, I decided that I was going to make the trek. It wasn’t easy, but I think if you are going to walk up one, this has a fantastic view.
After walking 214 steps, or 158 feet, I made it to the top. The sun was out and the view was spectacular. However, it was extremely windy up top, so I was a bit too anxious to walk around. Actually, I was frightened to death and hung on to a rail and only walked a few feet in both directions. There was a woman at the top of the lighthouse who offered assistance, and I took it. She gladly took my camera to the other side and photographed the landscape for me (I’m guessing I wasn’t the first to make that request). That way I wouldn’t miss anything!
You can look out at the beautiful communities, water on both sides, and the Whalehead Club, which used to be a private residence. It was absolutely beautiful up there, but I was happy to get down on the ground.
Next to the lighthouse is the Keepers’ House, which was restored in 1980. Next to that is a smaller Keepers’ House, which serves as a museum shop with lighthouse models and other gift items. Personally, none of these items interested me.
The lighthouse and museum shop are open daily from 10am to 6pm (5pm in November), Easter through Thanksgiving. They may be closed during thunderstorms and high winds. Trust me…you don’t want to be at the top with high winds! Call 252/453-4939 for more information.
From journal Paradise and Lighthouses in the Outer Banks
Jamesville, New York
January 23, 2003
If you have time, there are 4-WD and ATV tours available to take you further north where you can view the wild ponies up close.
From journal Outer Banks Lighthouses
Oakhurst, New Jersey
September 29, 2000
From journal Relax on the Outerbanks