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Roanoke River Lighthouse, others celebrating National Lighthouse Day

Roanoke River lighthoue (NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources)

EDENTON, N.C. - The Roanoke River Lighthouse and others around Eastern North Carolina will be celebrating National Lighthouse Day on Aug. 5.

Below is a press release on the event.

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The Roanoke River Lighthouse stands proudly in the harbor of Edenton Bay and is hosting a day of celebration Aug. 5, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., to observe National Lighthouse Day. As part of the day of family fun, there will be no admission charged for lighthouse tours that day. Although the official National Lighthouse Day is Aug. 7, Historic Edenton State Historic Site administers the lighthouse and invites the public for a day of games and activities, sidewalk chalk art, face-painting, refreshments and lemonade the preceding Saturday. At the Historic Edenton Visitor Center, the fourth order fresnel is on exhibit, along with five panels explaining the restoration of the historic 1886 Roanoke River Lighthouse. The lighthouse first served as a guide for ships navigating the Albemarle Sound into the Roanoke River. After decommissioning in 1941, it was moved by barge across the street to serve as a private residence, where if fell into disrepair. The lighthouse was acquired by the state and the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. Together with some dedicated volunteers, preservationists and pubic officials, federal stimulus money, state and privately raised funds, the restoration was completed and furnishings were gathered. The lighthouse was returned to the harbor and sits in its permanent home overlooking Edenton Bay. Originally it was on screw-pilings in the Albemarle Sound at the entrance to the Roanoke River near Plymouth. It is believed to be the last extant example of a squarer frame building built for a screw-pile base. National Lighthouse Day is an annual commemoration of the anniversary of the federal lighthouse establishment and a day to celebrate lighthouses and the commitment and service of those who tended America's lights for generations. The Roanoke River Lighthouse is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $3.50 for adults, $1.75 for youth three-12, and free for children aged two and younger. For additional information, to schedule a group tour or special rentals, contact Historic Edenton State Historic Site at 252-482-2637.

About the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources The N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state's natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. NCDNCR's mission is to improve the quality of life in our state by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature in North Carolina by stimulating learning, inspiring creativity, preserving the state's history, conserving the state's natural heritage, encouraging recreation and cultural tourism, and promoting economic development. NCDNCR includes 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, two science museums, three aquariums and Jennette's Pier, 39 state parks and recreation areas, the N.C. Zoo, the nation's first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the State Archives, the N.C. Arts Council, State Preservation Office and the Office of State Archaeology, along with the Division of Land and Water Stewardship. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit www.ncdcr.gov.

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