So you think you know something about the history of the Outer Banks? Let’s find out. Here’s our test of your knowledge of this sandbar by the sea.
How many lighthouse locations have there been on the Outer Banks? By location, we mean the physical location, not the numerous lighthouses that may have been at a single location.
Who was the construction supervisor for the Cape Hatteras, Bodie Island, and Currituck Beach Lighthouse?
What was the first Lighthouse built on the Outer Banks, and where was it located?
Shell Castle Island/Ocracoke Inlet
First Hatteras Lighthouse/Buxton
First Body’s Island Lighthouse/Oregon Inlet
How much did the 1870 Cape Hatteras Lighthouse cost to build?
In what year did the Ocracoke Lighthouse begin operation?
Who was Augustin-Jean Fresnel?
The engineer who designed Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.
A French physicist who discovered focusing light into a lens could create a powerful beam that could be used in lighthouses.
The US Navy Lieutenant who wrote about the first Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, “Hatteras light, the most important on our coast is, without doubt, the worst light in the world…”
How many lighthouses have been built at Bodie Island?
What is the height to the focal plane of the Currituck Beach Lighthouse?
Which of the Outer Banks lighthouses is still a functioning lighthouse?
Who owns and manages the Ocracoke, Cape Hatteras, and Bodie Island Lighthouses?
North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources
Extra Credit: The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is the tallest brick lighthouse in the United States. Where does its height rank worldwide among brick towers?
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