Below is Instruction Number 16:
"Keepers must be courteous and polite to all visitors who conform to the regulations, and show them everything of interest about the station at such times as it will not interfere with their light-house duties. Keepers must not allow visitors to handle the apparatus or deface lighthouse property. Special care must be taken to prevent the scratching of names or initials on the glass of the lanterns or on the windows of the towers. No visitor should be admitted to the tower unless attended by a keeper."
|Photo by Eakin Howard|
After Ocracoke lighthouse was electrified and automated keepers were no longer required. However, the National Park Service still sometimes opens the lighthouse during summer months so visitors can step inside. The spiral stairs are not open to the general public, and climbing the lighthouse is not allowed. More information, including photos of the inside of Ocracoke Lighthouse, can be viewed here: https://www.ocracokenavigator.com/ocracoke-lighthouse.
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is about earthquakes that have affected Ocracoke and the Outer Banks. You can read the newsletter here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news092116.htm.