The following is a list of reference materials on lighthouses and related buildings on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The list is by no means comprehensive. It is provided for your information by Outer Banks Conservationists, Inc., the nonprofit organization operating the Currituck Beach Lighthouse, Corolla, N.C., under lease agreements from the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources and the United States Coast Guard.
Documents include: reports found at the National Archives, issued by the U.S. Light-House Board and the U.S. Lighthouse Service; journals and logbooks written by past Lighthouse Keepers; a number of other articles, book excerpts, and brochures pertaining to the Light Station; and documents regarding historic preservation and the current restoration of the Currituck Beach Lighthouse. For more information on these topics visit your local public library.
Grant, John, and Jones, Ray. Legendary Lighthouses, The Companion to the PBS Television Series. Old Saybrook, Connecticut: The Globe Pequot Press. 1998,
Holland, Jr., F.R. America?s Lighthouses. Brattleboro: Stephen Green Press, 1972, pp. 129-130. *
Clifford, Candace. Inventory of Historic Lighthouses. Washington D C: National Park Service, 1994. “Light Stations by State–North Carolina,” pp. 259-262. *
Cox, Rachel S., and Michael Bowker. “The Lighthouse: Endangered Species?” Historic Preservation v. 37 December 1985, pp. 50-59.
“Legendary Lighthouses,” produced by Driftwood Productions, Inc., and WPSX-TV/Penn State, executive producer John Grant. Distributed by PBS Home Video, 1998
“Lighthouses of North America,” produced by Ron Small. Matrix Video, LLC.
North Carolina Lighthouses
Bishir, Catherine W. and Michael T. Southern. A Guide to the Historic Architecture of Eastern North Carolina. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 1996. *
Carr, Dawson. The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse: Sentinel of the Shoals. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 1991.
Schoenbaum, Thomas, J. Islands, Capes, and Sounds: The North Carolina Coast. John F. Blair, Publisher, 1982.
Stick, David. North Carolina Lighthouses. Raleigh: The North Carolina Division of Archives and History, 1980. *
Stick, David. The Outer Banks of North Carolina, 1584-1958. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 1958. *
Ellis, Mary. “Beacons of Light.” Our State: Down Home in North Carolina. May 1997 pp. 18-31. *
Fields, Charlanne. “A Landmark Restored.” The State: Down Home in North Carolina. March 1992, pp. 28-31.
Nickens, Eddie. “Candles in the Wind.” Mid-Atlantic Country. March 1991, pp. 26-31. *
Railey, John. “Sentinels of the Sea.” The State: Down Home in North Carolina. March 1991, pp. 20-24. *
Yocum, Thomas. “The Epic Tale of Tar Heel Lighthouses.” Our State: Down Home in North Carolina. May 1998, pp. 22-33. *
Various articles on Bodie, Hatteras, and Currituck Lights are published in Lighthouse News, by the Outer Banks Lighthouse Society. See “The Light Flashes” v. 5 no. 4 Fall 1993. Also see Lighthouse News v. 1 no. 2, Spring 1995, and v. 3 no. 4, Winter 1997.
For Brochures on OBX lighthouses, write: Dare County Tourist Bureau, P.O. Box 399, Manteo, NC 27954, and The Outer Banks Lighthouse Society, P.O. Box 305, Kill Devil Hills, N.C. 27948.
Currituck County/Northern Outer Banks
Tate, Suzanne. Whalehead: Tales of Corolla, N.C., as told by Norris Austin. Nags Head: Nags Head Art, Publisher, 1987. *
Morris, Glen. “Northern Exposure Exposed.” Our State: Down Home in North Carolina. March 1995, pp. 22-23.
Snowden, Barbara. “The History of Currituck.” Currituck Times. August 1995, pp. 5-6.
Soucie, Gary. “Fare-thee-well, Currituck Banks.” Audubon. January, 1976, pp. 22-35.
Currituck Beach Lighthouse
Annual Report of the Light-House Board of the United States to the Secretary of the Treasury for the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 1872. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1872, p. 42.
Annual Report of the Light-House Board of the United States to the Secretary of the Treasury for the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 1873. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1873.
Annual Report of the Light-House Board of the United States to the Secretary of the Treasury for the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 1874. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1874, pp. 47-48.
Annual Report of the Light-House Board of the United States to the Secretary of the Treasury for the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 1875. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1875, pp. 44-45.
The Currituck Beach Lighthouse Compound/Lighthouse Facts. Corolla: Outerbanks Conservationists, Inc. 1997
Description of Buildings, Premises, Equipment, Etc., at Currituck Beach Light-Station, Seacoast of North Carolina, March 8, 1909. Department of Commerce and Labor, Light-House Board. Prepared by Major W. E. Craighill, Corps of Engineers, U.S.A., Light-House Engineers. (reproduced at the National Archives)
Journal of Lighthouse Keeper Nathan H. Swain, 1913-1920.
Lighthouse Station Logs, 1879-1912.
List of Lighthouse Keepers, 1875-1905. National Archives.
National Register of Historic Places Inventory – Nomination Form. Entry: Currituck Beach Lighthouse, prepared by the Survey and Planning Unit, Division of Archives and History. Submitted to the United States Department of the Interior National Park Service, August 17, 1973.
Parker, William. Currituck Beach Lighthouse Exhibit Copy. Manteo: Outerbanks Conservationists, Inc., 1994.
The United States Lighthouse Service, 1915. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1916.
Ebbert, Jean. “A Timeless Tale: Beacons, Men and the Sea.” Navy Times. August 1982.
H. Bamber Collection Photographs, 1892-93. Northborough: Kenrick A. Claflin & Son Nautical Antiques. March 1996.
The Keepers House and Grounds
North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources-Letter to John Wilson and Billy Parker from Peter Sandbeck, dated April 12, 1993.
Childers, Lloyd D. “Leasing a Lighthouse Complex: A Personal Account.”North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office Newsletter. Winter 1995, pp. 11-12.
Architectual Drawings of the Lighthouse and Keepers Dwelling obtained from U.S. National Archives; incl. plan, front elevation, and cross section.
McDonald, Jr., Travis C. 35 Preservation Briefs. Understanding Old Buildings: The Process of Architectural Investigation. U.S. Department of the Interior National Park Service Cultural Resources.
H. Bamber Collection Photographs, 1892-93. Northborough: Kenrick A. Claflin &; Son Nautical Antiques. March 1996.
Other Photos both Documentary and Restoration.
Lighthouse Keepers and their Families
Clifford, Mary Louise and J. Candace Clifford. Women Who Kept the Lights: An Illustrated History of Female Lighthouse Keepers. Williamsburg: Cypress Communications, 1993.
Shelton-Roberts, Cheryl, and Bruce Roberts. Lighthouse Families. Birmingham: Crane Hill Publishers, 1997.
Schumann, Marguerite. “The Recent Rescue at Chicamacomico.” The State: Down Home in North Carolina. September 1978, pp. 14-15.
Stick, David. Graveyard of the Atlantic: Shipwrecks of the North Carolina Coast. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 1952.
“Virginia to Key West.” Virginia, The Carolinas and Georgia. Author/Publisher Unknown, pp. 33-35.
White, Gwen A. “Daring Rescue of The ?E. S. Newman.?” The State: Down Home in North Carolina. November 1976, pp. 19-20.
Yocum, Thomas. “Shipwrecked!” Our State: Down Home in North Carolina. May 1998, pp. 34-37