Did you know this lighthouse is haunted? The following clip is from our friends at the Did You See That page on Facebook, and they kindly allowed us to include it in this post. This unusual page also offers a book that helps identify the “out of the ordinary” attractions of our state. You can find out more by clicking on this Amazon link
According to Lighthousefriends, by 1970 the Currituck Lighthouse was in serious trouble, with vandalism destroying much of the wainscotting and mahagony fittings, and doors and windows were broken out to leave the lighthouse open to the elements. By 1980, a citizen’s group called the Outer Banks Conservationists (please see website for Currituck Beach Lighthouse) stepped in and leased the property, minus the lighthouse, and with over 1 million dollars invested, restored the Lighthouse Keepers house. The site now is listed with the National Registry of HIstoric Places.
I won’t go into detail over the “Battle for the Light”, as it was called, but eventually the Outer Banks Conservationalists acquired the lighthouse itself, and Currituck today is one of the few lighthouses open to the public. If you visit with the intention to climb to the top, be aware that you are talking about 214 steps! However, as you can see, it’s a spiral staircase, and quite handsome in its own right. There is a fee charged for ascending the lighthouse, and also a gift shop, etc, on the grounds.
Some specifics on the Currituck Lighthouse:
Number of steps: 214
Height to focal plane of lens: 158 feet
Height to top of roof: 162 feet
Number of bricks: approximately one million
Thickness of wall at base: 5 feet 8 inches
Thickness of wall at parapet: 3 feet
Position: 34 miles south of the Cape Henry Lighthouse (VA)
32 1/2 miles north-northwest of Bodie Island Lighthouse
Coast Survey Chart: 36° 22’36″ N latitude,
75° 49’51″ W longitude.
Interesting note: Corolla was originally called Jones Hill. The name was changed when population grew enough to warrant a post office
Many of the lovely photos attached to this post are compliments of Mark Lemmon, who is the admin for the Outer Banks NC Local Artist Page on Facebook, and we cannot thank Mark enough for sharing these with us. To purchase framed prints of the many coastal scenes Mark shares with his audience, please contact him directly thru his Facebook page.