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

Life at the Light

 
 
Life at the Light Marker image. Click for full size.
By Patrick G. Jordan, June 12, 2010
1. Life at the Light Marker
Inscription. There have been words written to the effect that the lighthouse keepers and their families had a very lonely life; however, we did not have this experience. In fact, just the opposite would be more apt to apply. The lighthouse was always a favorite place to visit by the village folk so we would have lots of company, especially on Sunday afternoons and the evening hours, when the heat of summer was unbearable in the wooded areas of the villages. Swimming, baseball games, croquet, chasing wild horses and penning them in the yards for breaking to the saddle, and climbing the lighthouse were all a big part of our lives."

Two residences served the keepers and their families at the Cape Hatteras Light Station. The larger building, the Double Keeper's Quarters (1854), was built for the staff of the first Lighthouse and today serves as Cape Hatteras National Seashore's Hatteras Island Visitor Center. The smaller building is the Principal Keeper Quarters (1871), constructed from materials left over from the present day lighthouse. It accommodated the head lighthouse keeper and his family.
 
Location. 35° 15.065′ N, 75° 31.736′ W. Marker is in Buxton, North Carolina, in Dare County. Marker can be reached from State Highway 12. Touch for map. Marker
Life at the Light Marker image. Click for full size.
By Patrick G. Jordan, June 12, 2010
2. Life at the Light Marker
is to the right side of the paved walkway leading to the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. Marker is at or near this postal address: 46375 Lighthouse Rd, Buxton NC 27920, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Paukenschlag (approx. 0.3 miles away); Cape Hatteras Lighthouse (approx. one mile away); Diamond Shoals (approx. 1.1 miles away); U.S.S. Monitor (approx. 1.1 miles away); Radio Milestone (approx. 1.4 miles away); Billy Mitchell (approx. 1.4 miles away); Mitchell Demonstrates Air Power (approx. 5.4 miles away); America's 1st Attempt at Civil War Reunification (approx. 9.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Buxton.
 
Also see . . .  Cape Hatteras Light Station National Historic Landmark Study. (Submitted on June 16, 2010, by Patrick G. Jordan of Burlington, North Carolina.)
 
Additional keywords. Lighthouse, Outer Banks
 
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Cape Hatteras Light image. Click for full size.
By Patrick G. Jordan, June 12, 2010
3. Cape Hatteras Light
Keeper's Quarters image. Click for full size.
By Patrick G. Jordan, June 12, 2010
4. Keeper's Quarters
View of the Keepers Quarters From the Top of the Lighthouse image. Click for full size.
By Patrick G. Jordan, June 12, 2010
5. View of the Keepers Quarters From the Top of the Lighthouse
Cape Hatteras Light House Erected A.D. 1870 image. Click for full size.
By Patrick G. Jordan, June 12, 2010
6. Cape Hatteras Light House Erected A.D. 1870
This marker is located on the interior of the lighthouse and shows the original coordinates of the light.
National Historic Landmark image. Click for full size.
By Patrick G. Jordan, June 12, 2010
7. National Historic Landmark
Left Marker:
Cape Hatteras Light Station has been designated a National Historic Landmark
This site possesses national significance in commemorating the history of United States of America, 1998, National Park Service, United States Department of the Interior
Right Marker:
National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark 2000
Completed 1870 Designated 1999
Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement 2000
The Cape Hatteras Light Station Relocation Project
Designated: April 29, 2000
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 16, 2010, by Patrick G. Jordan of Burlington, North Carolina. This page has been viewed 596 times since then and 50 times this year. Last updated on September 11, 2015, by Steve Masler of Memphis, Tennessee. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on June 16, 2010, by Patrick G. Jordan of Burlington, North Carolina. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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