The Lighthouse

What’s in a Photograph? A Second Look at the Oldest Image of the Currituck Beach Lighthouse

What’s in a Photograph? A Second Look at the Oldest Image of the Currituck Beach Lighthouse By: Meghan Agresto, Currituck Beach Lighthouse Site Manager & Historian   Prefer to learn about this with a video? Click here if so. In June 1893, a “government surveyor,” as the lighthouse keeper called him in his journal notes that month , … Read more

A Delayed Letter of Gratitude Opens New Doors in Lighthouse Research

By: Meghan Agresto, Currituck Beach Lighthouse Site Manager & Historian After its illumination in 1875, the Currituck Beach Lighthouse supplied a need “long felt by the commerce of the country” after 56 vessels had gone ashore “in a period of less than twenty-two years.”[1] The tower was considered “one of the most important works constructed … Read more

Currituck Beach Lighthouse Celebrates 145 Years of Light

By Meghan Agresto, Currituck Beach Lighthouse Site Manager December 1, 2020, marks 145 years since the Currituck Beach Lighthouse was first lit. In 1873, Congress appropriated money for construction, and the land was purchased. Construction began with a steam pile-driver in 1874, and by October of 1875 the tower was completed. The light filled the … Read more

Why Does the Currituck Beach Lighthouse Need Your Help?

By: Outer Banks Conservationists Staff As we do every so often, the Outer Banks Conservationists (OBC) signed a contract for big preservation work to be done on the Currituck Beach Lighthouse; the work began early in 2020. Since 1999, the International Chimney Corporation, (now called ICC Commonwealth) has helped us with iron, glass and brickwork … Read more

A Winter at Currituck Beach Lighthouse

By Meghan Agresto, Currituck Beach Lighthouse Site Manager Have you ever wondered what lighthouse keepers do in the winter? At the Currituck Beach Lighthouse, Corolla gets sleepy after October. Our lighthouse door is locked, the vacationers are gone, the docents resting, and the lighthouse doesn’t require a supply of oil for its light that’s been … Read more

The Austins

The Austins

From To Illuminate the Dark Space by Jenny Edwards In 1964, the Coast Guard hired Gene Austin to take care of the Currituck Beach Lighthouse. By this time, no one had been living in the keepers’ quarters for more than two decades, but the light continued to operate for the benefit of small ocean and sound … Read more