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North Carolina's Youngest Lighthouse: Oak Island's Pride & Joy

Completed in 1958, the Oak Island Lighthouse is located just 6 minutes away from the Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc.,'s Oak Island office along Caswell Beach Road.

Oak Island Lighthouse Fun Facts

  1. The construction of the Oak Island Lighthouse was completed in just one week's time! The tower itself was raised by the continuous pouring of concreate at a rate of one foot per hour.
  2. Known as the youngest North Carolina lighthouse, it is the last lighthouse built in the state.
  3. The lighthouse's beacon lights stand 169 feet above the water whereas the actual structure stands on a rise at 153 feet tall.
  4. As opposed to traditional spiral staircases found in most lighthouses across the country, the Oak Island Lighthouse contains a series of ships ladders.
  5. The first forty feet are the natural gray color of Portland cement, the next fifty feet are a white Portland cement mixed with white quartz aggregate and the top fifty feet is the gray Portland cement mixed with black coloring.
  6. The Oak Island light was the brightest in the United States and second brightest in the world when first activated in 1958.
  7. In 2004, the lighthouse and surrounding property was deeded to the Town of Caswell Beach. The Coast Guard maintains the upkeep of the lights while Caswell Beach maintains the lighthouse and surrounding grounds.
  8. According to Lighthouse volunteers and tour guides, during the summer months the interior of the lighthouse can reach 110 degrees or more.
  9. The grounds of the Lighthouse are open year round and now include an additional parking area, observation deck and boardwalk access to the beach.
  10. The Oak Island Lighthouse volunteer staff offers 2 different types of tours to the public. (Additional information on tours may be found below.)

Tour Information

General, No Reservation Tours

- Tours proceed to second level (12 steps up)
- No reservation required
- Must be 7 years of age or older
- Offered during summer months only (Memorial Day through Labor Day)
- Available on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10am to 2pm

Top Tours

- Tours proceed up 131 steps to outside balcony
- Reservations required
- Must be 9 years of age or older
- Offered year round any day of the week (after Labor Day, before Memorial Day)
- Offered year round on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, and possibly Sunday mornings, during the summer
- No top tours on major holidays

For more information on the Oak Island Lighthouse or for tour availability/registration, visit the Oak Island Lighthouse website.

Reserve Your Oak Island Vacation Rental

Planning a vacation to Oak Island and want to be close to the Oak Island Lighthouse? Browse our selection of vacation rentals in Caswell Beach, some just steps away from this popular attraction. Once you've made your accommodations reservation, start planning what events you'll attend and what activities you'll enjoy with our Oak Island area guide.

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