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Size: 11″ x 14″
Support: Stretched canvas
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Artist Comments: Currituck Beach Lighthouse is located at Whale Head Bay in Corolla, North Carolina on the northern end of the “Outer Banks”. Its distinct unpainted natural red brick appearance is in contrast with fellow lighthouses along the North Carolina coast which are painted in striking black and white. Built in 1875, it is still used today to light the dark stretches of the southern Atlantic coastline. Annually the lighthouse welcomes an average of 185,000 visitors and we were among them.
One summer my husband and I loaded up the kids and headed off for the Outer Banks to discover the lighthouses we’d heard so much about. We lived in Virginia at the time and was only two hours away from the OBX (Outer Banks). Currituck Lighthouse was our first stop and the favorite of all the lighthouses we visited that fun filled weekend. We were excited to discover that visitors can climb its 220 steps to the top and look at the spectacular view. We’ve been back to this lighthouse several times since that first trip and we always enjoy seeing this it over and over again.
Some Interesting Facts About Currituck Beach Lighthouse
- Year beacon first lit: 1875
- Number of steps: 220
- Height to focal plane of lens: 158 feet
- Height to top of roof: 162 feet
- Number of bricks: approximately one million
- Thickness of wall at base: 5 feet 8 inches
- Thickness of wall at parapet: 3 feet
- Position: 34 miles south of the Cape Henry Lighthouse (VA)
- 32 1/2 miles north-northwest of Bodie Island Lighthouse
- Coast Survey Chart: 36° 22’36” N latitude, 75° 49’51” W longitude
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For more information about the Outer Banks of North Carolina, visit their website.