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Roanoke River Lighthouse Restoration

By Timothy Harrison


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The Roanoke River Lighthouse, the last of North Carolina’s surviving screw-pile lighthouses, is being saved thanks to the dedicated efforts of the Edenton North Carolina Historical Commission.

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In 2007 the Edenton Historical Commission was awarded a $300,000 State of North Carolina grant to purchase the lighthouse and move it to Edenton’s waterfront Colonial Park. Extensive coverage of the move across the water and to land was in the July 2007 issue of Lighthouse Digest and the full story and photos of the move can be found at www.LighthouseDigest.com.

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Restoration of the exterior of the lighthouse is being funded by the North Carolina Department of Transportation, using federal stimulus funds, as an example, covered under historic transportation. The North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources is overseeing the project and A.R. Chesson Construction of Edenton and Williamston, North Carolina is doing the work.

Funding has not yet been found to restore the interior of the lighthouse, but the Commission hopes money will be found in time to have the lighthouse opened to the public by next year, which will be the 125th anniversary of the lighthouse.

The people involved with the Edenton Historical Commission and those of the Town of Edenton who supported them in this endeavor are to be congratulated for leading the way to restore and save this historic lighthouse. (Photographs courtesy Chowan County Tourism Development Authority.)

This story appeared in the August 2010 edition of Lighthouse Digest Magazine. The print edition contains more stories than our internet edition, and each story generally contains more photographs - often many more - in the print edition. For subscription information about the print edition, click here.

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