87. Lighting The Way… Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

For two hundred years mariners have scanned the horizon to locate the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse which by day has stood as a recognizable landmark and by night has cast its beacon of light 20 miles over the hazardous “Graveyard of the Atlantic”.

The Cape Hatteras Light Station is the most recognizable, tallest lighthouse in the United States with its spiral black and white striping.  Visiting the lighthouse can be an excellent family outing.  If you accept the challenge of climbing the 208 foot lighthouse to the top with its 268 steps you’ll treat yourself to a magnificent panorama of Atlantic Ocean to the east and south, Hatteras Island to the west and Pamlico Sound to the northwest.  Be sure to bring your camera!

In the late 1990’s, the lighthouse and seven historic structures, which had been standing since 1870, became increasingly threatened by shoreline erosion. In 1999 the monumental, three week task of moving the lighthouse and buildings was completed.

The Museum of the Sea occupies what was once the Double Keepers’ Quarters. The two-floor museum contains exhibits highlighting both pictures and descriptions of the rich lore of the “Graveyard” and the Hatteras Island area as well as the historic movement of the lighthouse.

Plan to bring a picnic lunch to eat in the picnic area or swim at the seashore. The Buxton Woods nature trail gives you a chance to observe the habitat in the area at your own pace. Ranger programs are scheduled during summer months and offered intermittently, or as posted, the rest of the year. They include programs about nesting shorebirds, sea turtles and their habitats.

If you have an hour or if you have a day visit the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and enjoy all it has to offer!!

http://www.nps.gov/caha/historyculture/cape-hatteras-light-station.htm

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