Lighting the Way in North Carolina

One of my favorite things to do is to go visit lighthouses.   In our 31+ years of marriage we have seen our fair share of lighthouses and I really should have kept track of each and every one but alas—I have not been that organized and there is no documentation that I have done other than disorganized photographs.

On our recent trip to North Carolina we visited 2 separate lighthouses and of course I took tons of pictures—-all of them look basically the same but hey—-you can never have too many lighthouse pictures in my humble opinion.

Our first lighthouse we visited was the Oak Island Lighthouse in Caswell Beach.  The community currently has the responsibility of maintaining the lighthouse and grounds while the Coast Guard maintains the light itself.   Volunteers staff the tours that are available on a limited basis and it is just a really wonderful lighthouse to be able to get a glimpse of up close.

The Oak Island Lighthouse was completed in 1958 at a total cost of $110,000.00. The lights are 169 feet above the water. A misconception is that the lighthouse itself is 169 feet tall. The actual structure is 153 feet tall, but it stands on a slight rise. Therefore, the height of the light above the water is 169 feet, and it is so reported on nautical charts. There is no spiral staircase as found in most older lighthouses, but instead a series of ships ladders with a total of 131 steps to the lantern gallery level. (From the Oak Island Lighthouse website)

Come with me and enjoy a bit of warmth and sun today as I share a few of my favorite snappies of the Oak Island Lighthouse.  Click on any picture to start a slideshow with larger images.

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  1. I have never visited a lighthouse. Great photos.

  2. That lighthouse looks so peaceful. I love that beach grass (not sure what it’s called).

    • Sea oats, maybe??? It is a really nice beach right across from the lighthouse and the city maintains it really well. The beaches there are very clean.

  3. You take gorgeous photos ~ they look like postcards! If you ever want to make them into a card, let me know! 🙂

  4. I’ve never visited a lighthouse either! Thanks for sharing. Congrats on 31 years of marriage!

  5. Can I go there? Right now?

  6. Amy Prentice says:

    Beautiful pics Beth Ann! Sad to say it’s not that nice here right now….we had an ice storm and the roads are horrendous!!!! Hopefully it will be gone soon…..supposed to warm up tomorrow….never saw an area come to a complete stand still! Use to snow plows up north and salt trucks!

  7. There, now — doesn’t all that sun and sand make you feel better? And warmer?? No? Well, it does the trick for me — thanks for taking me along on your visit to the lighthouse!

  8. beautiful — I love lighthouses too. not something that is around here though.
    A surfboard shower? cool. I think I have seen everything now 😉

  9. I just love lighthouses and their numbers are dwindling. We have a couple on coast of Texas and always love to go visit them.

    • I am happy to find another lighthouse lover! I am trying to think if we have seen any in Texas….will have to ask the hubby later. I can never remember.

  10. I must confess that I love lighthouses, as well. I doubt I’ve visited as many as you have, but I can’t help but be charmed by them! Great photos, Beth Ann!

    Hugs from Ecuador,

    • Thanks, Kathy. I think the thing I love about them is that they are all so different. I have never seen two that are alike but yet they all serve the same purpose. Amazing.

  11. Cute surfboard shower! When I looked at all the pictures, it game me the opportunity to comment on each one – I hope you get those comments too!

  12. They’re nice but I don’t get to see many in my parts. Nice subject for painting too.

  13. I love lighthouses too but have only visited a few. Coming from the prairies, they always seemed fascinating and mysterious to me. Your pictures are great and what a nice sunny day too.

  14. Beautiful pictures! Can’t go wrong with lighthouses, though we’ve not seen nearly as many as you, I’m sure.

  15. I would like a light house in the front yard! They are so hopeful and at the same time kind of lonesome of maybe aloof. Lovely pictures, and the sandcastle was FUN.

  16. You might enjoy reading THE TUTOR’S DAUGHTER by Julie Klassen- it has a lighthouse in it. Here’s the link to my review of it if interested:

  17. Me… the ultimate beach bum hasn’t seen one in real life… bowing head in shame

  18. We love lighthouses, and have visited many on the Great Lakes. The history and stories of them are fascinating.

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