Currituck Beach Lighthouse opens for the season with free rock climbing day – Reuters

The Currituck Beach Lighthouse will open for the 2022 climbing season on Saturday, March 19. Visitors climb for free on the first day of the season.

Visitors can climb 220 steps to the top for stunning views of the architecture, Atlantic Ocean and Currituck Sound while learning from museum-quality guides and exhibits on active navigational aid, life lighthouse keepers and the original top-notch Fresnel. lens.

The lighthouse is located in historic Corolla, adjacent to Historic Corolla Park, home to historic Whalehead, the Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education, and the new Maritime Museum. The public beach and the sound accesses are within walking distance.

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On December 1, 1875, the Currituck Beach Lighthouse beacon filled the remaining “dark space” on the coast between Bodie Island Lighthouse (an architectural twin) and Cape Henry Lighthouse in Virginia. To distinguish the 162-foot-tall lighthouse from others, its exterior was left unpainted, giving an idea of ​​the multitude of bricks used to build it. Season passes are available for those who wish to climb the tower frequently; passes are also good at the Island Farm on Roanoke Island, which opens April 5.

The cost to mount the lighthouse is $12. Climbers must be at least 4 years old to climb. The fee supports the ongoing restoration of the 146-year-old lighthouse station. More recently the iron in the lower bands of the tower, windows and roof cornice has been repaired or recast/replaced and the dissimilar metals around the lantern glass have been separated and insulated to prevent rusting.

“Our caretakers spent the winter planting native plants, scanning old paper files for a digital maintenance schedule, updating displays, as well as repainting the field warehouse and galleries of iron on top of the lighthouse,” the season opener said. announcement. “We look forward to seeing you this season! »

The Currituck Beach Lighthouse is owned and operated by Outer Banks Conservationists, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in 1980. For more information, visit www.obcinc.orgE-mail [email protected] or call 252-453-4939.

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Christy J. Olson