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lighthouse keeper living by the sea

It’s brick walls unmistakable as it rises 162′ above the Outer Banks shoreline, the Currituck Beach Lighthouse has been a beacon of warning and safety since1873. As Susan Stafford Kelly describes it writing for Our State Magazine, it still takes a special person to be the lighthouse keeper.

Rendering of the sinking for the Metropolis off the Currituck Banks Coast, 1878. The lighthouse was burning but was too far from the wreck to give adequate aid.

Rendering of the sinking for the Metropolis off the Currituck Banks Coast, 1878. The lighthouse was burning but was too far from the wreck to give adequate aid.

“For 10 years, Meghan Agresto has lived 40 steps from the 140-year-old Currituck Beach Lighthouse, making certain its light never fails.

Whether it’s Disney’s Pete’s Dragon or sexy Rex(y) Harrison in The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, everyone has a romantic notion about lighthouses — North Carolinians, especially so. But sailors, beware. Currituck is not a welcoming lighthouse like Ocracoke, but a warning lighthouse: Watch out for the shoals!”

 

Read the true story of a modern lighthouse keeper in Our State Magazine.

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