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Park Service Weighs Options for Ocracoke

Will the Lighthouse by Moved?


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Ocracoke Lighthouse Station on Ocracoke Island, ...

The National Park Service recently held public meetings to hear preservation ideas for North Carolina’s Ocracoke Light Station. The following were potential preservation ideas that were presented.

Option 1 – Repair as is: Repair storm damage and preserve site as is.

Option 2 – Repair and Elevate: Repair storm damage, replace existing shotcrete at lighthouse with historic parge coat, and elevate all structures, except the lighthouse.

Option 3 – Rehabilitate to 1823 Site: Remove the 1929 keeper’s quarters addition and restore/rehabilitate the quarters using as many original features from the house as possible; restore/rehabilitate the light station structures and site to the 1823-1854 period of interpretation; elevate all structures, except the lighthouse; which would include:

• Replacing existing shotcrete at lighthouse with historic parge coat and exposing original stone foundation at lighthouse.

• Replacing existing metal spiral staircase with historically accurate wood staircase.

• Remove other structures except for the 1823 privy.

Option 4 – Relocate: Move both the lighthouse and the keeper’s quarters to a higher, more storm and flood-resistant location on Ocracoke Island.

The National Park Service will assess the ideas, and once a final decision is made, they will submit plans to the other appropriate government entities from which approvals will be needed.

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