Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse, Manteo

#10 of 16 in Historic Sites in Outer Banks
Lighthouse · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Roanoke Marshes Light was a screw-pile lighthouse in North Carolina.
Little is recorded about this light, which was replaced in 1955 with an automated light on a shorter tower. It marks the south entrance to the channel through Croatan Sound, to the east of a marshy shoal extending from the western shore. Ironically this places it in the deepest bottom in the area.
There was a predecessor light on this site, beginning in 1857. The pictured light, of conventional screw-pile construction, was lit in 1877. When the light was decommissioned, an unsuccessful attempt was made by a private party to move it, but the house was lost in the sound.
In 2004, a replica of the light was dedicated at the Roanoke Island Maritime Museum in Manteo, North Carolina.
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  • Roanoke Marshes Light is at the end of a boardwalk and at this time of year, very quiet and romantic- with almost no boat traffic and very few people! Lots of cool shops too!  more »
  • Well maintained and a beautiful spot. Nice place to take stroll around the water. You can visit the town and spend time on the waters edge too.  more »
  • If you’re a lighthouse enthusiast and in the area, well worth the stop. Interesting facts about screw pile construction.
  • Scenic and relaxing. Great for an evening stroll around the lake at sunset. Very beautiful addition to the city. And a bonus lighthouse to boot.

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