Civic Engagement Newsletter

Cape Hatteras National Seashore is seeking site preservation ideas for the Ocracoke Light Station at two public meetings in May. The purpose of the meetings is to receive public input on how to sustainably preserve the historic resources at the Ocracoke Light Station in the wake of recent storm damage and in consideration of future impacts from climate change and sea level rise while providing visitor access to the site. The following are potential site preservation ideas which will be presented at the civic engagement meetings.

Option 1 - Repair as is: Repair storm damage and preserve site as is.

Option 2 - Repair and Elevate: Repair storm damage, replace existing shotcrete at lighthouse with historic parge coat, and elevate all structures, except the lighthouse.

Option 3 - Rehabilitate to 1823 Site: Remove the Keeper's Quarters 1929 Addition and restore/rehabilitate the Keeper's Quarters using as many original features (e.g., bricks) from the house as possible; restore/rehabilitate the Light Station structures and site to the 1823-1854 Period of Interpretation; and elevate all structures, except the lighthouse. Restoration/rehabilitation to the 1823-1854 Period of Interpretation would include:
• Replacing existing shotcrete at lighthouse with historic parge coat and exposing original stone foundation at
• Replacing existing metal spiral stair case with historicallyaccurate wood staircase.
• Remove other structures except for the 1823 privy.

Option 4 - Relocate: Relocate the lighthouse and the Keeper's Quarters to a higher elevation, more storm- and flood- resistant location on Ocracoke Island.

The comment period is open until May 28, 2021.

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Comment Period: Closed        Apr 28, 2021 - May 28, 2021
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