Currituck Beach Lighthouse to resume climbing when N.C. museums allowed to reopen

Currituck Beach Lighthouse. [VisitNC.com]

While there will be no climbing season at the Bodie Island and Cape Hatteras lighthouses, the group that owns and operates the Currituck Beach Light Station in Corolla says they will allow climbing when museums are allowed to reopen.

“The Outer Banks Conservationists have decided to follow (the) Governor’s orders,” said Meghan Agresto, “So if we move into another phase where museums are allowed to open, we will open the tower for climbing.”

Governor Roy Cooper extended the current “Safer at Home” restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic through at least July 17. The phase 2 order kept museums across North Carolina closed.

The National Park Service announced last week they will not be opening the Bodie Island and Cape Hatteras lighthouse for climbing this season, which normally runs through Columbus Day.

Even though the lighthouse is closed for climbing, the Outer Banks Conservationist shop and the light station grounds are still open.

The Currituck Beach Light Station celebrates its 145th anniversary of the first lighting of the brick tower this December, and has been undergoing a face-lift that began in the winter.

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