On your next visit to the Ocracoke light house, keep your eyes open for the line marker.
The marker has the letters, US LHE carved on it. The line post is on the edge of the marshy area a short distance from the end of the boardwalk. The letters stand for United States Light House Establishment.
The U.S. Light House Establishment was
created by the First Congress in 1789 to
manage the twelve colonial lighthouses that were put under the care of the federal government. The Light House Establishment was also empowered to oversee construction of new
Ocracoke light house was built in 1823, and is the oldest operating light house in North Carolina.
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of traveling to the island on Frazier Peele's ferry in 1951. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news042114.htm.