Sunday, September 7, 2014

Lighthouse Tour in the Outer Banks, NC

Did you know that the first lighthouse in the United States was the Boston Lighthouse built in 1716 on Little Brewster Island? Although it was destroyed during the Revolutionary War, it was rebuilt in 1783 and actually still stands to this day. When fog rolled in a cannon was fired to warn the ships of the rocky ledges. In 1820, bells were used instead and then in 1822, a French physicist invented the annular lens that would reflect and refract light from a single lamp. The history of the lighthouse really is incredible and a tour of the ones standing around the Outer Banks is a perfect way to spend the day and see the beauty of our piece of heaven here in North Carolina.

Just south of Nags Head you will find Bodie Island Lighthouse, which was built in 1847. It helped guide mariners from Cape Hatteras to Currituck Beach. Today it can flash a beacon over 19 miles across the ocean and is open for climbing, which is a real treat. Next, the Currituck Beach Lighthouse in Corolla, which is a twin to the Bodie Island one, is another one worth checking out.

The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, standing at 208 feet tall, is the tallest brick beacon in the country. In 1854 the lamp was fueled by whale oil, however today, it now uses two active 1000-watt lamps, which are visible for more than 20 miles. It is an important beacon that serves as a warning to mariners of the Diamond Shoals, which are dangerous shifting sandbars underneath. The Ocracoke Lighthouse is another worth seeing as it is North Carolina’s oldest operating lighthouse. While it is not open for climbing, you can get there by a free ferry. Last is the Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse, which is easily accessible along the Manteo Waterfront. For the history buffs, the lighthouse also contains exhibits highlighting Roanoke Island’s lighthouse and maritime history.

This is a great reason for a road trip and the fall is the perfect time to get out on the open road and enjoy the beauty of Manteo, NC and surrounding areas. The White Doe Inn is beautiful bed and breakfast with all of the amenities you would want at your home away from home. Owner Bebe can guide you to the best shopping and restaurants to stop at along your lighthouse tour as well. Plan the perfect fall getaway now and contact us for reservation information at (800) 473-6091.

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