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1886 Roanoke River Lighthouse
Edenton, NC


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The Grand Old Lady

For lighthouse lovers, this one’s a charmer. Built in 1886, it survived several moves, and when it was decommissioned in 1941, it became a private residence on an island for a few years. Eventually, the lighthouse was moved back to shore and restored. During its 100+ years, it has survived hurricanes, ice floes, and intermittent neglect, to become what most believe to be the last remaining screw-pile lighthouse in North Carolina.

Now, it’s back over the water, where it will remain. Historic furnishings have been gathered, recreating the look and feel of the building when it was a residence to the lightkeeper and his family.

You may be surprised when you see it. Not your usual lighthouse, this one is a two-story building, complete with porch.

In season, a unique way to see the lighthouse is from the bay, aboard the Liber-Tea, an eco-friendly, electric pontoon. Captain Mark Thesier of Edenton Bay Cruises will show you the sights and give you some interesting history along the way.

WOW Factor: It’s a lighthouse at the edge of Albemarle Sound. You’ve probably never seen anything quite like it. For those with a fear of heights, it’s no problem to climb these 21 steps. The porch offers a great viewing area and the interior feels quite cozy. The fact that it has survived makes it worthy of a visit. There is an interpreter to answer questions and share stories.

Hint: The water depth is 8-10 feet below the lighthouse, which is easily accessible by land.. The lighthouse is open for touring from 10am-4pm. You won’t see the actual light; it’s presently on display at the Historic Edenton Visitor Center. You can rent the building for a party, small wedding, or gathering of family or friends., 252.482.2637.

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