The North Carolina Coast Sights

Ocracoke Lighthouse

  • Live Oak Rd. Map It
  • Ocracoke Village
  • Nautical Site/Lighthouse

Published 07/23/2015

Fodor's Review

This lighthouse is a photographer's dream. Built in 1823, it's 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 whitewashed structure, 77 feet, 5 inches tall, is not open to the public for climbing, but the site is accessible.

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Live Oak Rd., Ocracoke Village, North Carolina, 27960, United States

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Published 07/23/2015


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