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The North Carolina Coast Sights

Ocracoke Lighthouse

Updated 10/07/2012

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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.

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Off Rte. 12, Live Oak Rd., Ocracoke Village, North Carolina, 27960, USA

Updated 10/07/2012


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