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Ocracoke Lighthouse

Ocracoke Lighthouse Review

Built in 1823, this is the second-oldest operating lighthouse in the United States (Sandy Hook, New Jersey, has the oldest). It was first fueled by whale oil, then kerosene, and finally electricity. The white finish was once achieved with a whitewash blend of unslaked lime, glue, rice, salt, and powdered fish. The squat whitewashed structure, 77 feet, 5 inches tall, is unfortunately not open to the public for climbing. The lighthouse is a photographer's dream.

Updated: 10-07-2012

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