Showing posts from December, 2015

Cape Hatteras Lightkeepers

Have you ever wondered what it was like to be a lightkeeper? The position of lightkeeper was to keep the light station in tip-top condition and keep watch for ships passing by the Diamond Shoals. The lightkeeper’s had a list of duties that needed to be done, including carrying fuel up to the lantern room and refueling the lamp, regularly cleaning and polishing the lenses, windows, brass and tools, lighting and extinguishing the lamp daily, monitoring the light at night, painting, greeting visitors and keeping records and reports. As the light station grew, so did the number of staff. Along with the lightkeeper, their families lived at the station in the keeper’s quarters. The families had to be self-sufficient and grew most of their own food and kept live stock on the grounds around the lighthouse. As most lighthouses are isolated, the keeper’s families of the Cape Hatteras lighthouse were lucky to be close to town and other people. Pictured is the last Principal Keeper, Unaka Jennett…

The Beach Light

Did you know there was a smaller "lighthouse" in addition to the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse? Established in 1855, the Beacon Light was part of the Cape Hatteras Light Station that was located about a ½ mile from Cape Point. This fixed white light could be seen up to 9 nautical miles and had to be moved several times due to its exposure to the sea. The Beacon itself was a small square building consisting of just a lantern light and fuel house that was operated by the Third Assistant Keeper. Little is known about the Beacon Light or what happened to it. It is suggested that in 1898 the Beacon Light was finally lost to the sea. The keepers were able to salvage the lamp and other items. The Beacon Light was replaced with a post light, which was larger and brighter, at the point. No trace of the Beacon Light is left today. As a reminder, the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is hosting its annual Winter Climb on Saturday from 10am - 2pm. 
Photo: US Lighthouse Service

Holiday Events on Hatteras Island

Hatteras Island is buzzing with holiday spirit! Come join the residents of Hatteras and enjoy holiday festivities all month long. 
December 11th 
Holiday Promenade - Tri-Villages @ 4pm - 6:30pm
Along the sidewalk in Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, villagers and businesses will be serving hot drinks and other goodies. Walk, jog, ride a bike or skate the sidewalk. Bring flashlights and/or wear lights to light the way and illuminate the sidewalk. The Promenade finale is a Night Sky Adventures in the Salvo Day Use Area, just south of Salvo. Night sky enthusiast will share knowledge on a clear evening from 5:50-6:30pm. 
December 12th
Annual Winter Climb – Cape Hatteras Lighthouse- 10am - 2pm
The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse will be hosting its annual Winter Climb. This climb is FREE to all visitors!
Santa Meet & Greet – Pangea Tavern – 11:30am – 2pm
Come visit with Santa at Pangea Tavern. Kids and adults will have an opportunity to tell Santa want they want for Christmas and have their photos taken.