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Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
Cape Hatteras-America's Lighthouse
Cape Hatteras is one of five lighthouses that dot the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
Each of these lighthouses has a very distinctive look. One is natural red brick, one black and white striped, one solid white, one a black and white diamond design and Cape Hatteras is a black and white spiraled design. In reading literature from the lighthouses I found out that this distinctive look is by design. When these lighthouses were built in the 1800's they did not have the navigational guides that are in existence today. The different designs were to help the ships know where they were located along the coast.
In this lens I will share information and photographs from my visit to Cape Hatteras. So sit back and relax and enjoy a pictorial view of Cape Hatteras.
photos by mbgphoto
Entrance to Lighthouse Grounds - lighthouse open to the public
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is open for climbing from mid-April to Columbus day. There is a very nice visitors center and museum. The visitors center/museum and the grounds are open year round and are free to the public.
During our visit in mid-August we were staying about 1 mile away from the lighthouse so we visited it several times. I wanted to take photos of the lighthouse at different times of day. I also wanted to visit after hours to be able to photograph the lighthouse without a lot of people around.
On our first visit the lighthouse was open and there were a lot of people visiting. I was able to visit the museum and get an idea of the angles I wanted to use to photograph the lighthouse.
We returned in the early evening to photograph the lighthouse in the early evening light. This time there were very few visitors since the visitor center had closed at 6 p.m..
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse - view from path from visitors center
Cape Hatteras lighthouse is the tallest brick lighthouse in the United States. It is 208 feet tall. It's spiral-striped black and white design have made it a very familiar landmark and it is often given the name of "America's Lighthouse".
The present lighthouse was completed and lit in December of 1870. It was the second lighthouse that was built in the area.
Instructions for Lighthouse Climbers - lighthouse climbing a great experience
Full View of Lighthouse
Outer Banks lighthouse
The lighthouses of the coast played important parts in the Civil War of 1861. The confederate soldiers wanted to make sure that Cape Hatteras did not fall into the hands of the Union, so they took the Fresnel lens out of the lighthouse.
The Outer Banks of North Carolina were important for the Union to keep supplies from getting into the interior of the southern states. Because of structural damage to the lighthouse during the war a new lighthouse was built in 1870. This is the lighthouse that still stands today.
Closeup of Lighthouse - America's Lighthouse
Here is a close up photo of the lighthouse that I took while standing at the base of the lighthouse.
This lighthouse was moved 1/2 mile inland in 1999. There were concerns that the Atlantic ocean was causing deterioration of the lighthouse so it was cut from it's original base and hydraulically lifted onto steel beams and moved to the present location. This process took 23 days.
Information for this lens was gathered from a brochure entitled Maritime History Lighthouses along the Outer Banks. This brochure was distributed by outerbanks.org
Lighted Lighthouse Figurine
This wonderful lighted figurine will make a great addition to your lighthouse decor.
Lighthouse viewed through roof of Vistor Center
I liked this view through the rafters of the area in front of the visitors center.
Lighthouse through the Sea Oats
Lighthouse Welcome Sign
I just found this welcome sign at Amazon. The lighthouse looks just like the one on Cape Hatteras.
Wouldn't this make a great welcome sign for a vacation home! Or for that matter...I'd love to have it anywhere. Great price too!
Lighthouse photographed from path to Ocean
Not far from the lighthouse is a path to the ocean. I took this path and then turned around and photographed the lighthouse through the sea oats.
Cape Hatteras-Guiding Light
This photo was taken in the early evening from a tower at the hotel where we were staying. We were about 1 mile away from the lighthouse. I noticed color in the evening sky and grabbed my camera and climbed up the tower.
I was delighted to catch the lighthouse beam and the evening sky! The pink cast to the sky made it a wonderful time to photograph the lighthouse.
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