- Ocracoke Light
Ocracoke Light Ocracoke Light Location Ocracoke Island, Hyde County, North Carolina Year first constructed 1798 Year first lit 1823 (current tower) Automated 1955 Foundation Dressed stone / timber Construction Brick with mortar surface Tower shape Conical Markings / pattern White Height 76 feet (23 m) Focal height 75 feet (23 m) Current lens 4th order Fresnel lens
Range 15 nm Characteristic Fixed white Fog signal none Admiralty number J2408 ARLHS number USA-561 USCG number 2-660Ocracoke Light Station Location: SR 1326, Ocracoke, North Carolina Coordinates: Coordinates: Area: 2 acres (0.81 ha) Built: 1823 Architect: Noah Porter Governing body: COAST GUARD NRHP Reference#:
Added to NRHP: November 25, 1977
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 oldest operating light station in North Carolina. The lighthouse was automated in 1955. During the summer months when there is a U.S. National Park Ranger on duty, visitors may access the base of the lighthouse. Access to the top of the lighthouse is not allowed.
The lighthouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1977 as Ocracoke Light Station.
Various claims have been made about the light, including "the Ocracoke Light is the second oldest operating lighthouse in the nation," from the National Park Service. The original 1795 construction a mile away would qualify only as fifth oldest and the current 1823 tower is about twelfth oldest.
- ^ (PDF) Light List, Volume II, Atlantic Coast, Shrewsbury River, New Jersey to Little River, South Carolina. Light List. United States Coast Guard. 2009. p. 6. http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/pdf/lightLists/LightList%20V2.pdf.
- ^ a b "Historic Light Station Information and Photography: North Carolina". United States Coast Guard Historian's Office. http://www.uscg.mil/history/weblighthouses/LHNC.asp.
- ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. http://nrhp.focus.nps.gov/natreg/docs/All_Data.html.
- ^ "The Ocracoke Lighthouse". National Park Service. http://www.nps.gov/caha/ocracoke-island-lighthouse.htm. Retrieved 8 February 2010.
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