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Outer Banks Lighthouses - Marshes Lighthouse

Everyone thinks of lighthouses as tall, often cylindrical buildings, but that description really only fits coastal lighthouses. Another style of lighthouse, often referred to as sound lighthouses or sometimes river lighthouses, were used on inland waterways. That's “sound” as in the geographical term for an inlet or seaway, not a noise. Anyway, here's a not very old and not well known Outer Banks sound lighthouse - the Marshes Lighthouse. In actuality, this is an exterior reconstruction completed in 2004 of the original Marshes Lighthouse that once stood at the southern entrance to Croatan Sound, near Wanchese. The original was decommissioned in 1955, and apparently lost in the sound when some fool tried to move it to private property.

The Marshes Lighthouse was a square cottage-style screw-pile lighthouse, typical for inland waterways where much height wasn't required. This reproduction sits on the waterfront in the town of Manteo, on Roanoke island, and houses historical exhibits.

Marshes Lighthouse on the waterfront in Manteo, Roanoke Island, North Carolina.

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    • # Lissa

      Great shots! I took some of this a few weeks ago, but didn't bother to learn the history. Thanks for sharing!

      Where are you going tomorrow? :-)

      2008.06.25 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Mindy

      thanks for sharing that info. very interesting! great pictures and great post!!

      2008.06.25 Edited Reply Cancel

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