United States Ocracoke Lighthouse

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T. Kirkendall and V. Spring

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The Ocracoke Lighthouse is the second oldest lighthouse in North Carolina. The simple white tower, with its noticeable taper, is located inland, beyond the reaches of Silver Lake Harbor. One of the most notable features of this light is that it does not have a blink pattern. When the light turns on, from dusk to dawn, the light is simply on, shining out in 360 degrees from the lens. The old lighthouse keeper's house is currently used as living quarters for Cape Hatteras National Seashore employees and is private property. This leaves only a narrow strip of land and a boardwalk path leading from the road to the lighthouse open to the public. The tower is maintained by the US Coast Guard and considered unsafe for public entry.

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