When the Ocracoke Lighthouse was built in 1823 spiral wooden stairs were attached to the inside walls. In the 1950s those stairs were removed, and a central metal stairway was installed. My daughter, Amy, told me that she thought the external mortar on the lighthouse was removed at the same time, and new stucco applied. I had never heard that, and was skeptical. Later that day she sent me this 1950s photo:
If you enlarge the photo you can clearly see where the stucco has been removed to expose the red bricks on the windows side. I learn something new every day! The solid brick walls are 5 feet thick at the bottom, and 2 feet thick at the top.
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is Ellen Marie Cloud's first-person
account of the Great Ocracoke Lighthouse Window Heist. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news012117.htm.