Price's Creek Lighthouse
mouth of Price's Creek where it meets Cape fear River, Southport, NC, USA
Price's Creek Lighthouse Southport Reviews
Price's Creek Lighthouse Oct 10, 2009
Inaccessible and hardly impressive, Price’s Creek Lighthouse is still a noteworthy beacon because of its history. Just twenty feet tall, the lighthouse rests on the shores of the Cape Fear River and not on the ocean. It was constructed just before 1850 and is the sole survivor of a series of eight lights which guided merchants up the river to Wilmington. The lighthouses where strategically paired with a taller tower sitting roughly 800 feet upstream (and about 35 feet high) – if one light was directly beneath the other, the mariner was assured of being in the center of the channel.
The relevance of this system was during the Civil War, when they were utilized by southern blockade runners avoiding the patrol of Union warships (Wilmington would be the last port to be isolated by the North in early 1865). When Fort Fisher, the confederate bastion protecting the river, finally fell the confederates hastily trashed the lighthouses so they couldn’t be used. The Price’s Creek light is the only one left and because it sits on private land, there isn’t any way to visit.
Unless you have a boat, the only way you get to glimpse the short stack of bricks is by taking the ferry between Fort Fisher and Southport. My mom and I did just that last weekend, affording the opportunity to document this remnant of the past.
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