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Beacons of the Coast

Over a century ago, mariners traveling along the Atlantic coast encountered dangerous shoals and treacherous storms.  Their guides were the beacons of light produced by lighthouses which helped mariners navigate the perilous coastline.  For mariners traveling along the North Carolina coast, seven lighthouse beacons were constructed to guide them through an area known as the “Graveyard of the Atlantic.”  Hundreds of shipwrecks occurred due to the dangers of this area. 

Today, ships traveling the coast use modern tools such as radar and sonar.  The beacons continue to operate, standing as a reminder of the hardships encountered by our ancestors to help settle the country.  The lighthouses found on the North Carolina coast stand as pieces of our past. *

Bald Head Lighthouse The Legend of Nags Head
Bodie Island Lighthouse The Outer Banks Lighthouse Society
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse North Carolina Ferry System
Cape Lookout Lighthouse
Currituck Beach Lighthouse Return to:
Oak Island Lighthouse Alphabetical Listing
Ocracoke Island Lighthouse Listing by States
Price's Creek Light (Ruins) Sea The Lights Home
Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse (Manteo, NC)  
Roanoke River Light (Edenton, NC)  
Roanoke River Light (Plmouth, NC) Visit the Store


* From a NPS pamphlet

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