Editorial
North Carolina's Icons of the Outer Banks
June, 2011 - Article by Aaron Cress
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Caption: Cape Hatteraslighthouse.
--Photo by: Aaron Cress--

As you look out over the lighthouses of the NC Outer Banks, you can tell that they are as majestic as the time they were first built. Though they are no longer necessary to guide ships, the three lighthouses on the Cape Hatteras national seashore still send out their beacon of light every night.

The Hatteras Lighthouse, built in 1870, is the tallest of the three, standing at 200 ft tall. Years of erosion required the relocation of the lighthouse in 1999, as the beach was becoming dangerously close to the base of the structure. Hatteras is open to the public, and visitors are allowed to climb to the top. Because of this, it is a very popular tourist destination.

Next most popluar lighthouse is the Ocracoke Island lighthouse, which is the oldest in North Carolina. It was built in 1823 and is substantially shorter than the Hatteras Lighthouse, standing at only 75 feet tall. It is not open to be climbed, but can be viewed from a distance on the south side of the island.

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Caption: Ocracoke Island lighthouse at dusk.
--Photo by: Aaron Cress--