Ocracoke Lighthouse, Ocracoke

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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.
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  • If you’re on Ocracoke... might as well go see the lighthouse! It’s a 5 minute visit ( longer if you play with the friendly cat !). Limited parking , very small walkway and space surrounding the lighth...  more »
  • My wife and I had the time of our life. Such a beautiful place to visit. The history of the town is great and the lighthouse is a must see. Can't wait to visit again.  more »
  • The lighthouse is in town with limited parking. There's not much to do there, so it's a short stop, but it is a pretty lighthouse and it's easy to get to.  more »
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  • Very cool lighthouse, but make sure u plan a full day of things to do on Ocracoke Island
  • Beautiful lighthouse. While shorter than the others in NC and not available for climbing, it's still worth the visit. Free parking.
  • Beautiful and primitive. Not a tourist geared exhibit, just a quaint lighthouse that serves a purpose.
  • Nice, quick stop for some pictures on a very cool little island.
  • They told people that were large they could not go up the stairs. But not that nice. Rude

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