One hundred years ago Currituck Beach Light Station, with its grand three-story Victorian Keeper's house and tall lighthouse, stood surrounded by little more than sandy soil and open sky. Now the light station is completely surrounded by trees. The lighthouse grounds, with its narrow brick walkways and lush grass, are meticulously maintained and manicured, seen in the photo at right looking down from atop the lighthouse. The setting is unlike any of the other lighthouses on North Carolina's coast. The quiet serenity of this location gives it the feel of a real home.

The storage building situated next to the public entrance is shown in the photos at left, right, and below right. It has been restored, and now serves as an office for the lighthouse staff. The four sharp finials are a distinctive touch to the Victorian styling, remaining true to the design of the Keeper's house and the workroom building at the lighthouse entrance. Even the shape of the building, small though it is, echoes the layout of the Keeper's house. Such attention to detail adds invaluably to the overall unity of the grounds appearance.

The smaller Keeper's house at the light station, shown at left, was originally built in the 1870's at the Long Point Light Station on Currituck Sound. It was moved to this light station in 1920 to serve as the principal Keeper's house, while the assistant Keeper's families lived in the duplex. It is also in the Victorian style, like the other buildings. It now serves as the gift shop, as well as offering some historical displays.

The showpiece among the companion buildings to the Currituck Beach Lighthouse is the duplex Keeper's house. After being abandoned and open to the elements for many years, left derelict and vandalized of much of its finer interior woodwork, this grand house is being restored to its original Victorian splendor. Each side of the house had a dining room, kitchen, and parlor on the first floor. Each side of the second floor had three bedrooms, and the third floor was a finished attic, which could be used as additional bedrooms or other living space.

The exterior is completed, and stands proudly as an example of the efforts of the non-profit Outer Banks Conservationists, Inc., who have brought this fabulous three-story home back to life. The well-kept grounds add much to the beauty of this light station, as seen below in this photo of one of the restored louvered cisterns, which are located at either end of the house.

The structure is a "stick style" building, built of precut and labeled lumber that was shipped to the light station and then assembled on-site. The Victorian decorative brackets, finials and other embellishments give the house an elegant charm that rivals that of the craftsmanship of the lighthouse itself. In the photo of the gable above, note the owl mounted by the third floor window, which serves to ward birds away from roosting on the gable trim. is pleased to offer these exclusive photos of parts of the interior of the duplex Keeper's house. The restoration of the duplex Keeper's house exterior provides a beautiful example of the grand Victorian style. The restoration underway on the interior is an ongoing project. The Keeper's house presently serves as a residence for the current lighthouse keepers while it is being restored. Until the restoration is complete, and appropriate period furnishings are in place, no historical interpretation can be accomplished. Thus the house is not yet open to the public. The exclusive photos seen here are not meant to be indicative of a truly historical interpretation of life in the Keeper's house. They do, however, give some taste of the elegant woodwork and grand space of this historic structure.

The owl seen outside the window in the exterior photo above can be seen also in these two views of the northeast third floor room (left and right photos). It is part of the finished attic space, which actually provided more useful living space than might be imagined when looking at it from the outside. This room has a view of the lighthouse, as seen in the left photo.

These stairs lead to the third floor finished attic space from the second floor hallway. At left is a view looking up the north side stairs, and at right is a view looking down the south side stairs. During restoration, the handwritten names "J.W. Austin" and "P.B. Austin", with the date "May 18, 1914" was discovered on the wall just above the door at the bottom of the stairs in the photo at right. A close-up photo of this historical "graffiti" is also at right. The date is during the time Keeper Riley William Austin lived here with his wife and seven children.

The main staircases for both the north side and south side of the duplex are seen here at left. At the bottom of each staircase are individual hallways connecting the front and back doors for each half of the two family house.

At right is a photo of the north side second floor hallway, looking into one of the bedrooms. The second floor bedrooms were surprisingly spacious, as was the third floor attic space.

Seen at left is the main hallway of the south end, looking at the front door, which faces westward toward the sound. At the other end of this hallway sits a large lantern, by the back door. This is an authentic original U.S. Lighthouse Society issue lantern used for outside illumination (for the yard), but it is not original to this location.

The photo seen at right hangs on the east wall of the present dining room. It is the wedding picture of Homer Treadwell and Orphia Midgett Austin, who served as the Keepers of Currituck Beach Lighthouse from 1928 to 1936. Also in the dining room, next to the fireplace, is the three drawer chest and attending items shown at left.

Surprisingly, each side of the duplex has its own cellar, which is accessed from inside the house. One of the cellar doors is seen in the photo at right. Note its brass pull ring and key lock.

To close out this tour of the Currituck Beach Lighthouse, take a look at these photos at left and below. These show some of the many views of the lighthouse that can be enjoyed from the Whalehead Club property. The Whalehead Club is directly adjacent to the south side of the light station.

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