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Ocracoke Lighthouse, standing 23 m (75 ft) tall, presides over the 1585 wreck of the Tyger. The lighthouse, built in 1823, is one of the oldest operating lighthouses in the United States. The Fresnel lens that adorns the top was once dismantled by Confederate troops during the Civil War, but it was reinstated by Union forces in 1864. The original oil-burning light was replaced by an electric light in the early 1900s. The current electric light, which shines 22.5 km (14 mi) out to sea, is now fully automated. Visitors may not climb the tower. Before you head to Ocracoke, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Ocracoke tour planner, to make sure you see all that Ocracoke has to offer, including Ocracoke Lighthouse.
Ocracoke Lighthouse reviews
The lighthouse is in a nicely kept setting and quite photogenic. There isn't much parking so recommend bicycling there as I did. more »
Ocracoke Lighthouse is good for a photo, but there is no tour or museum with it. It's a must for OBX lighthouse collectors. There are some picturesque opportunities to see it from around Ocracoke... more »
The Prized Gem of the Island. the Light hits it differently throughout the day. So be sure to go back a few times. For some more photo opportunities. Early mornings, Can make the lighthouse look Blue and white. So beautiful.
I love the lighthouse. Its very picturesque. However its mainly just a photo OP. It would be great if you could actually climb up.
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