Currituck Beach Lighthouse, built 1873-75, was first lit December 1, 1875. About 1 million bricks were used in building the tower, with walls tapering from about 5.5 feet thick at the base to about three feet thick at the top. Height of the lighthouse is 162 feet to top of the lantern room (150 feet to top of the brick tower); illumination is by first-order Fresnel lens, focal plane at 158 feet. There are 214 stair to the gallery below the lantern room; after several earlier visits, I finally climbed the tower in April 2013. The lighthouse is still an active U.S. Coast Guard aid to navigation, but automated; lighthouse and grounds are owned by Outer Banks Conservationists, a nonprofit organization, which has spent about $1.5 million over three decades on restoration, including the two keepers' houses. The lighthouse opened to public 1991. Currituck Beach Lighthouse added to the National Register of HIstoric Places in 1973 (entry 73001333); a boundary increase in 2000 changed the listing name to Currituck Beach Lighthouse Complex.
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