Currituck Light Station’s annual free climb set for March 16

By on March 14, 2019

View inside looking up Currituck Beach Light Station. (Meghan Agresto)

On Saturday, March 16, the Currituck Beach Light Station will host the annual free climb for its opening day.

Visitors can climb 220 stairs (214 interior, 6 exterior) to the top for a breathtaking view of the Atlantic Ocean, Currituck Sound, and the Outer Banks while learning from docent and museum-quality exhibits about shipwrecks, the lives of lighthouse keepers, and the original first order Fresnel lens.

Located in Historic Corolla next to the Historic Corolla Park, home to Historic Whalehead and the Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education, the Currituck Light station has both public beach and sound access within walking distance of the tower.

On Dec.1, 1875 the beacon of the Currituck Beach Lighthouse filled the remaining “dark space” on the coast between the Cape Henry Lighthouse in Virginia and Bodie Island Lighthouse (which is an architectural twin).

To distinguish the 162-foot-tall lighthouse from others, its exterior was left unpainted, which conveys a sense of the multitude of bricks used to build it.

Mark your calendars for Dec. 1, 2019, as it will be the last day of the season, as well as the 144-year celebration of tje light and an additional free-climb day.

Those who wish to climb the tower frequently or want to bring their summer-house guests should enquire about a season’s pass, which is also good at the Island Farm on Roanoke Island.

The cost to climb the lighthouse is $10 and children 7 and under climb for free with constant adult supervision.

During June, July, and August the lighthouse will stay open on Wednesday and Thursday evenings until 8 p.m.

The lighthouse keeper, Luis Garcia, spent the winter repainting the interior iron spindles and handrails plus the exterior galleries, railings, and spindles.

All are invited to come enjoy and climb!

For more information visit www.currituckbeachlight.com or call 252-453-4939.

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