Life at the Light

Life at the Light (HMLJ8)

Location: Buxton, NC 27920 Dare County
Country: United States of America

N 35° 15.065', W 75° 31.736'

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There have been words written to the effect that the lighthouse keepers and their families had a very lonely life; however, we did not have this experience. In fact, just the opposite would be more apt to apply. The lighthouse was always a favorite place to visit by the village folk so we would have lots of company, especially on Sunday afternoons and the evening hours, when the heat of summer was unbearable in the wooded areas of the villages. Swimming, baseball games, croquet, chasing wild horses and penning them in the yards for breaking to the saddle, and climbing the lighthouse were all a big part of our lives."

Two residences served the keepers and their families at the Cape Hatteras Light Station. The larger building, the Double Keeper's Quarters (1854), was built for the staff of the first Lighthouse and today serves as Cape Hatteras National Seashore's Hatteras Island Visitor Center. The smaller building is the Principal Keeper Quarters (1871), constructed from materials left over from the present day lighthouse. It accommodated the head lighthouse keeper and his family.
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HM NumberHMLJ8
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 at 6:45pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 451881 N 3901016
Decimal Degrees35.25108333, -75.52893333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 15.065', W 75° 31.736'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 15' 3.90" N, 75° 31' 44.16" W
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Area Code(s)252
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 46368 Old Lighthouse Rd, Buxton NC 27920, US
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