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Next on my tour of must see buildings of North Carolina we come to Currituck Beach Lighthouse. Standing at 162 feet (roughly 49 meters) the lighthouse is the only lighthouse on the in North Carolina coast that was not painted after being built in 1875. This lighthouse actually has a miraculous comeback story. After being a big help during WWII the usefulness of the lighthouse declined rapidly and the property that the lighthouse and lighthouse keepers` houses had been all but abandoned. Both houses had been stripped and heavily vandalized and there were even been reports of dangerous gangs hanging out near there. For 30 years the property was left in disarray and heavily grown over. However stating in 1975 many concerned North Carolinians Formed what is now the Outer Banks Conservationists and leased the property from the State in 1980. And for the next decade they raised enough money to fully restore both houses and the lighthouse itself. By 1999 the lighthouse and the lighthouse keepers` houses had been fully restored. The lighthouse today is open to the public. Visitors can climb its 214 steps to the observation deck at the top of the lighthouse and gaze out over the ocean for miles around. The lens room itself is NOT open to the public however as the lenses are completely original and having a bunch of people touching them would be detrimental. The larger of the two lighthouse keepers` houses has been turned into a visitor`s center and museum that shows the history of the lighthouse. However the lighthouse is only open from Good Friday until just after Thanksgiving. So if you`re looking for a lighthouse with a comeback story then the Currituck Beach Lighthouse is perfect. If you do go to visit this historic lighthouse then please be sure to drop a few coins in the donation container in the lighthouse itself to help keep the lighthouse going for many decades to come!