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      Lighthouse at the end of the marina piers
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      From the corner of the lighthouse deck to shore
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This is a replica of an 1877 screwpile lighthouse that marked the channel connecting Pamlico and Croatan Sounds. It has a short tower with the lantern on roof of the 1 1/2 story wooden keeper's house.
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The first lighthouse was built in 1831, but an adjacent landowner said it was on his land, so it was abandoned in 1839. In 1858 the second lighthouse was built atop seven metal piles screwed into the muddy bottom. It produced a fixed white light that could be seen up to eleven miles.

According to the Beach Bums page

After a few years passed, it was realized that the water in which the lighthouse stood was getting deeper. Originally constructed in four feet of water, the water level rose to a depth of thirteen feet, causing the lighthouse to flood. The rise in water also resulted in worm damage to the structure.

In 1877, construction was completed at new location approximately one hundred yards from the previous lighthouse. It was decommisioned by the US Coast Guard in 1955. A private individual bought the lighthouse, but when the lighthouse was cut from its pilings and placed on a barge, before it could be moved, the lighthouse fell into the sound where it remains today.

The replica contains exhibits highlighting Roanoke Island's maritime heritage, including a history of the Marshes Lighthouse and its keepers. It is located along the waterfront walk of "Shallowbag Bay" just off the east end of Queen Elizabeth Street in Manteo. Although the sewer treatment facility no longer exists and the pier has been completely renovated, this used to be called the "sewer-pier" back in the early 1990s

Hours:
Tuesday - Saturday, 9am - 5pm

Address: Manteo NC, United States of America
Website: http://manteo.govoffice.com/index.asp?Type=B_BASIC&SEC={4948728C-E11D-44B2-A6D0-9CCBBFC5C09D}

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