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Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse (NC; replica)

Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse (NC; replica)

Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse, the fourth structure to bear this name, is a 2004 replica of the 1877 Roanoke Marshes Lighhouse, built in 1877. All three of the first structures were screwpile lighthouses that stood in the waters of Croatan Sound, south of Roanoke Island; they were built in 1831, 1858, and 1877. The 1877 structure was decommissioned in 1955, and the town of Manteo considered buying it for the town’s waterfront; however, it sold to another buyer and was lost in a storm. The 21st-century replica sits on the Manteo waterfront, with Shallowbag Bay behind (east of) it; if I turned roughly 90 degrees left from taking these lighthouse photos, I would be looking across the mouth of Douglas Creek to the Roanoke Island Festival Park, on Sandy Point.

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