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Ocracoke Lighthouse, Ocracoke

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Lighthouse Tourist Spot
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 family vacation planner, to make sure you see all that Ocracoke has to offer, including Ocracoke Lighthouse.
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  • We go over to Ocracoke every year but this time we decided to spend the weekend. So glad we did - now I want to go in the fall!  more »
  • Fun historical landmark on Ocracoke. Make sure you see it in the daytime, and then go back at night to see the light!  more »
  • When you get to Ocracoke, take time to visit this lighthouse. The history behind this place is fascinating and worth the stop.  more »
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  • This is a great historic site. Certain time they open the door so you can look up. They do not allow climbing and the parking is limited but still a great site to visit.
  • The second oldest lighthouse in this nation is a great place to visit. People are not allowed to climb it and parking spots are very limited.
  • A gorgeous, historic lighthouse on a charming island. It's well worth a trip down (or up) the coast, just to take in the enchanting island community. Note- Unlike the other OBX lighthouses, you cannot walk to the top of Ocracoke.
  • A beautiful lighthouse. We were unable to go inside or tour it when we were there but it had a lot of character as well as history.
  • Short stubby light house. There are others that are better looking and have better views than this one.

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