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Near Buxton in Dare County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Keepers of the Light

— Cape Hatteras National Seashore —

 
 
Keepers of the Light Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tom Bosse, September 19, 2021
1. Keepers of the Light Marker
Inscription.  Since 1803, there has been a lighthouse near Cape Hatteras warning mariners of the Diamond Shoals—dangerous shifting sands just under the ocean surface upon which ships wrecked. For over 130 years, 82 known lighthouse keepers proudly kept the light shining to help guide ships to safe passage and save mariners’ lives.

The stone before you were once the foundation stones of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. Moved from their original location, they now form the Keepers of the Light Amphitheater—a place where you can carry on the lighthouse keepers’ tradition and watch over the historic lighthouse.

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After the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse was moved in 1999, the Outer Banks Lighthouse Society engraved the foundation stones that remained behind with the service start date and name of each lighthouse keeper.

Names seem familiar? Many descendents still live in the area!

In 2014, these foundation stones were moved to protect this important piece of heritage from the encroaching sea. They now form this amphitheater.

Keeper John Bunyan Quidley with wife Emma, daughter Marie, and dog Pechichi
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at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Double Keeper’s Quarters in 1908.
 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings. A significant historical year for this entry is 1803.
 
Location. 35° 15.073′ N, 75° 31.662′ W. Marker is near Buxton, North Carolina, in Dare County. Marker can be reached from Lighthouse Road, one mile south of State Highway 12, on the right when traveling east. Marker is located in front of the Hatteras Island Visitors Center. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 46379 Lighthouse Road, Buxton NC 27920, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Life at the Light (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Paukenschlag (approx. 0.4 miles away); Cape Hatteras Lighthouse (approx. one mile away); Diamond Shoals (approx. 1.1 miles away); Radio Milestone (approx. 1.3 miles away); Welcome to Frisco (approx. 3˝ miles away); Mitchell Demonstrates Air Power (approx. 5˝ miles away); Welcome to Kinnakeet... (approx. 6.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Buxton.
 
Also see . . .  Hatteras Island Visitor Center. National Park Service (Submitted on January 26, 2022.) 
 
Keepers of the Light Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tom Bosse, September 19, 2021
2. Keepers of the Light Marker
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tom Bosse, September 19, 2021
3. Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tom Bosse, September 19, 2021
4. Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
Keepers' Quarters image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tom Bosse, September 19, 2021
5. Keepers' Quarters
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tom Bosse, September 19, 2021
6. Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
1854 Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Fresnel Lens image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tom Bosse, September 20, 2021
7. 1854 Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Fresnel Lens
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Geodetic Survey image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tom Bosse, September 19, 2021
8. Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Geodetic Survey
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 30, 2022. It was originally submitted on January 24, 2022, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 325 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 24, 2022, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.   5. submitted on January 30, 2022, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.   6. submitted on January 24, 2022, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.   7. submitted on January 30, 2022, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.   8. submitted on January 24, 2022, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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