Outer Banks Lighthouses - Currituck Lighthouse
Currituck Lighthouse is the northernmost lighthouse in the Outer Banks, located in the town of Corolla. Unlike the others, Currituck is unpainted, apparently it was intentionally left unpainted to differentiate it from the other coastal lighthouses. I rather like the unpainted brick, it has a lovely warm glow in the sunlight that the others can't match.
At 168 feet tall its 214 steps can be climbed, which I did on my previous trip to the Outer Banks in 2006, and did not bother to wait in line to do so again on this trip. The photos inside the lighthouse above are scans of some not very good photos taken on that 2006 trip. The outside photos were taken on this trip.
Equipped with a first order Fresnel lens (the largest and brightest), Currituck Lighthouse can be seen 19 nautical miles out to sea. One and a half million bricks were used to build it, and the walls taper from nearly 6 feet thick at the bottom to 3 feet thick at the top.
I'm sure you'll all be happy to know this is the last of the lighthouse series! I promise to move on to something else tomorrow. ;)