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Oak Island Lighthouse

Updated on February 17, 2015

A Unique Lighthouse

The Oak Island Lighthouse is one of many lighthouses in North Carolina and is located in the town of Caswell Beach. The lighthouse stands 158 feet tall but because it was built on slightly higher ground, the light is actually 169 feet above the water.

The Oak Island light was first lit in 1958 and at the time it was the brightest light in the United States. The lighthouse structure is tri-color but is not painted. During construction color was added to the concrete, so it never needs to be painted.

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The bright Oak Island light!

The bright Oak Island light!
The bright Oak Island light! | Source

Oak Island Lighthouse Sign

Oak Island Lighthouse Sign
Oak Island Lighthouse Sign | Source

Take A Tour

The Oak Island Lighthouse offers "Tours to the Top" year round by appointment, climbing 131 steps and a visit to the outside balcony.

The mighty concrete lighthouse

The mighty concrete lighthouse
The mighty concrete lighthouse | Source

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Oak Island Light and observation deck

Oak Island Light and observation deck
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Did you know...?

Oak Island Lighthouse Facts

1. The interior of the lighthouse consists of a series of ladders leading to the top with a total of 131 steps.

2. The Oak Island Lighthouse was one of the more recent lighthouses to be built in the United States which makes it unique from other lighthouses.

3. The cost to build the Oak Island Lighthouse was $110,000.

4. The Oak Island Light can be seen 24 miles away.

Full view

Full view
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The beautiful beaches of Oak Island are

great for a stroll while visiting the lighthouse.

Long View From Caswell Beach

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Sunset At The Lighthouse

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      goldenrulecomics 4 years ago

      Looks interesting.

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      cmadden 4 years ago

      What a beautiful area!

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      Mary Beth Granger 4 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      I love lighthouses. Thank you for sharing this one.