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Name: Cape Lookout Light  

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Nearest Town or City:
Beaufort, North Carolina, United States

Location: Cape Lookout National Seashore, Core Banks.

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Managing Organization:
Cape Lookout National Seashore

Telephone: 252-728-2250


Contact Address Information:
131 Charles Street
Harkers Island
North Carolina, 28531, United States

During the Civil War the original 1812 Cape Lookout Lighthouse was destroyed and the third order Fresnel lens on the new one was destroyed. The keeper's house now serves as a visitor center.

Tower Height: 169

Height of Focal Plane: 156

Description of Tower: Conical brick tower with black and white diamond pattern.

This light is operational

Other Buildings?
1873 two-story brick keeper's house, brick oil house, coal shed, summer kitchen, stable.

Earlier Towers?
1812: Brick tower.

Date Established: 1812

Date Present Tower Built: 1859

Date Automated: 1950

Optics: 1859: Third order Fresnel lens, 1864: First order Fresnel lens (now in Block Island Southeast Lighthouse), now DCB-24.

Current Use: Active aid to navigation.

Open To Public? Grounds only.

The Visitor Center located in the lighthouse keeper's house is open from April to November (hours vary). There are no entrance fees. The Cape Lookout Lighthouse is closed to public entry.

For information on ferry services to Cape Lookout call the Park Visitor Center at 252-728-2250, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Keepers: James Fulford (1812-1828), William Fulford (1828-1854), John R. Royal (1854-1863), Gayer Chadwick (1863-1864), John R. Royal (1864-1869), Manson W. Mason (1869-1876), M. J. Mason (1876-1878), W. F. Hatsel (1878-1888), Denard Rumley (1888-1893), T. G. Davis (1893-1900), J. Wilson Gillikin (1900-1903), Alfred B. Hooper (1903-1909), Charles W. Clifton (1909-?). First Assistant Keepers: S. Blunt, (1859-1864), J.R. Guthrie (1864), W.H. Guthrie (1864-1865), Joseph Royal (1865-1869), Josephus Willis (1869-1870), B. P. Davis (1870-1874), W.P. Fulcher (1874-1876), M.T. Lewis (1876-1877), Joseph Willis (1877-1878), Denard Rumley (1878-1883), J.B. Noe (1883-1886), T.L. Davis (1886-1893), Otway B. Davis (1893-1901), James S. Davis (1901-1909), V.L. Watson (1909-1912), J. M. Burrus (1912-?)


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