Roanoke Marsh Lighthouse, Manteo, NC

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Manteo, North Carolina
Roanoke Marsh Lighthouse, Manteo, NC - Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse
Roanoke Marsh Lighthouse, Manteo, NC - The lighthouse in Shallowbag Bay
Roanoke Marsh Lighthouse, Manteo, NC - Visiting the restored lighthouse
Roanoke Marsh Lighthouse, Manteo, NC - Illustration of the original lighthouse
Roanoke Marsh Lighthouse, Manteo, NC - The interior of the lighthouse
Roanoke Marsh Lighthouse, Manteo, NC - Historical marker
Roanoke Marsh Lighthouse, Manteo, NC - Cross-shaped cement debris from a demolished building erected in a nearby park

Roanoke Marsh Lighthouse, Manteo, NC Reviews

Zagnut66 Zagnut66
110 reviews
Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse Jul 19, 2012
The lighthouse sits at the end of a dock in Shallowbag Bay on the Manteo waterfront. The original lighthouse sat in Croatan Sound on the other side of the island. It was decommissioned in 1955 and accidentally sank in a futile attempt to move it on shore. The current lighthouse opened in 2004 and is a reconstruction of the 19th-century original.

The interior serves as a small museum on the history of Manteo. The upstairs was cordoned off on my visit just before Memorial Day, so don't expect to do any climbing - not that there are many steps to climb anyhow. Nearby is the Roanoke Island Maritime Museum, which focuses on the history of fishing boats used in the Outer Banks. I ran through the latter museum as I was pressed for time, so can't say much about it except that it is free (the narrow subject it covers should tip you off whether or not you will want to visit). The Manteo waterfront is small but picturesque with some shops and restaurants to wander through (maybe next time I will be able to do so).
Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse
The lighthouse in Shallowbag Bay
The interior of the lighthouse
Some kind of water racing craft
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emmytravel emmytrav…
49 reviews
Like a two story house, charming May 21, 2010
In February I saw the Roanoke Island Marsh Lighthouse. This is a different lighthouse from any I have seen. It i a quaint lighthouse on the end of a dock. From the outside it looks like a two story house. One could walk into it and around it, but the steps are roped off, so not open for climbing in February. I didn't go again to see if it was open in May for climbing - it might have been.
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Zagnut66 says:
I stopped by the lighthouse durung Memorial Day weekend and the upstairs remained roped off. Too bad, it would have been a great view.
Posted on: Jul 18, 2012

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