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Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

Cape Hatteras LighthouseHatteras Lighthouse:

 
The Hatteras Lighthouse is a gem of history, and a great place to visit during your time on the Outer Banks.  It is the tallest brick lighthouse in the U.S., at 210 feet tall.  As part of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, it's a great excursion when it's overcast or on that day that you wake up with a sunburn, and going to the beach just isn't in the cards for you.  
 
Standing at the tip of Hatteras Island, known as Cape Hatteras, the Hatteras Lighthouse guards the shoals where the Gulf currents meet the Labrador Current.  Just like the rest of the islands, the sandbars are alive, and frequently move with these currents, making mapping efforts fruitless, and causing ships to run aground and crash.  Because of these shifting sandbars, this region of coastal water is known as the "Graveyard of the Atlantic."   
 
The current lighthouse is actually the second lighthouse to be built, after the first was destroyed during the Civil War.  It was almost destroyed again as the ocean slowly encroached on its home and enveloped it, but in 1999 the entire lighthouse was put on rails and moved in one piece nearly a half mile to safer ground.   
 
Getting to the lighthouse is easy, although depending on where you're staying, it may not be close.  Simply get on Rt. 12 and head south until you see the lighthouse - at over 200 feet tall, you can't miss it.  There are also plenty of signs.

 

 

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