Roanoke River Lighthouse

In November of 2010, we visited historic Edenton, North Carolina.  At that time, we found the Roanoke River Lighthouse sitting in the park on Edenton Bay. 

Roanoke River Lighthouse
Roanoke River Lighthouse

We visited again, June 2013, and found it moved to its new home, out in the water. 

Situated in its new home
Situated in its new home

It was constructed in 1886, and served as a beacon nine miles out in the Albemarle Sound at the entrance to the Roanoke River.

It remained in service until 1941, and was moved to Edenton in 1955.

The exterior work is complete; when the interior is done, hopefully later this year, it will be open to the public.

Linking to Water World Wednesday

50 thoughts on “Roanoke River Lighthouse

    1. There is a house near the water that was moved there, also, Carol Ann. The docent said it was moved on rolling logs. That I would have liked to have seen. Blessings to you.

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    1. If you liked that, TBM, you should Google “Moving Hatteras Lighthouse.” It’s one of the tall-tower type lighthouses. The water was encroaching on it, so they moved it in 1999.

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  1. What a charming lighthouse and oh the history it’s witnessed. I’m glad they’re going to allow folks to go into to it. I think it makes folks especially young folks more appreciative of the importance preserving historical buildings and sites when they can view buildings from the inside and see the past artifacts and stuff.

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    1. They do trolley tours of some of the historic houses Tuesday-Saturday, and at Christmas they have open houses to tour, Dor. I see more trips in our future. It’s such a quiet little place, so peaceful.

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  2. I love lighthouses. They are fascinating, and the lives of the people who were responsible for keeping ships safe was not always an easy life. I recently read a very good book (fiction) about a lighthouse keeper – The Light Between Oceans. My husband’s stepmother used to take vacations to visit lighthouses 🙂

    The lighthouse you took a picture of is very interesting, and I love that you were able to take photos of it in the process of its restoration. In the second photo, the lighthouse seems so at home over the water. It will be nice when the inside is finally restored. It is a little bit of history preserved.

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    1. That sounds like a good book, Robin. That would be a rather lonely job, especially to a light offshore. And to be in there through whatever storm may come–not for the faint of heart. I always thought that would be a great place to live (when I was younger).

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    1. That’s one thing about NC, they have nice roads, at least in the areas we’ve traveled. I-95 was getting a bit rough the last time we were on it, but it bears a lot of traffic, being a main artery from Maine to Florida.

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        1. Watching kittens! I hadn’t thought of being able to do that, but I don’t know why not, just about everything is available somewhere online. Is there a kitten in your future? I used to love watching our play (when I was a kid), the wrestling, hissing, arched backs and fluffed out tails. And then there’s the sneak attack, hunkered down waiting to pounce…Thanks for bringing me a smile and warm fuzzies.

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  3. I’ve always loved lighthouses! Must have been quite a feat to relocate this one! Thanks for stopping by my place.
    Visiting from Water World Wednesday.

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