|The Currituck Beach Lighthouse stands 158 feet above the dunes, with a first order Fresnel lens flashing its first beacon on December 1, 1875. Located in Corolla, NC, it was built to fill the last remaining "dark spot" of the NC coast between Bodie Island to the south and Cape Henry, VA to the north. Many ships foundered in the 80-mile darkness between the two lighthouses, but this lighthouse, with its beam visible for 18 miles, solved the problem. To distinguish it from other regional lighthouses, it was left unpainted in natural red brick.
The Lighthouse Keeper`s House, a Victorian "stick style" dwelling, was constructed from pre-cut labeled materials shipped by the U.S. Lighthouse Board on a barge, then assembled on site. In 1876, the Keeper`s House was completed, and soon two keepers and their families began to share the duplex in its isolated seaside setting. When the lighthouse became automated, the keepers were no longer needed and the Keeper`s House was abandoned.
By 1980, the Lighthouse Keeper`s House was in ruins and much of the millwork inside had been vandalized. That same year, the Outer Banks Conservationists, Inc., concerned with the preservation of the historic property, signed a lease with the State of North Carolina. This lease charges the group with the responsibility of restoring the Keeper`s House.
Most of the exterior restoration is nearly complete and the inside restoration work is still on going. Meanwhile, other structures on the compound have been saved. A smaller keeper`s dwelling on the compound has been restored and is open to the public as a lighthouse museum shop.
The Currituck Beach Lighthouse is a member of Currituck Heritage Park, Historic Corolla and the Historic Albemarle Tour.
The admission cost to climb the lighthouse is $7.00 for anyone 8 years of age or older, youth 7 and under are admitted free of charge with an adult (cash and checks only). Children 12 and younger may climb only if accompanied by an adult. Parents or guardians must sign a waiver for unaccompanied climbers ages 13-18.
During periods of high winds or extreme weather the outside gallery or the entire lighthouse tower may be closed to climbers.
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Hours: Friday - Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. | Thursday: 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Off season hours: March 17 - May 31 & September - November : Sunday - Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. | Closed: After Thanksgiving - March