Virtual celebration to commemorate 150th anniversary of Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

By on November 19, 2020

When it was built in 1870, the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse was painted red and white. The lighthouse received the famous black and white stripe daymark pattern in 1873. In the background, the 1854 lighthouse is shown before it was demolished. Painting by Stephen Harrington.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore and Wright Brothers National Memorial will virtually commemorate three important anniversaries next month.

The special events will be available to watch on social media and Dare County’s CURRENTtv.

150th anniversary of Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

On December 16, 2020, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, in partnership with the Outer Banks Lighthouse Society and Outer Banks Forever, will celebrate the 150th anniversary of Cape Hatteras Lighthouse’s first lighting. The world-famous lighthouse was first lit on December 16, 1870. The special event will begin around 4:50 p.m. with a livestream view of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, followed by a 20-30-minute video broadcast of speeches. The video will feature Superintendent David Hallac, local elected officials, historians, and more.

150th anniversary of Dare County

This year also marks the 150th anniversary of Dare County, and the December 16th celebration will highlight the unique connection between the lighthouse and the county.

117th anniversary of Wilbur and Orville Wright’s first flight

On December 17, 2020, Wright Brothers National Memorial, in partnership with First Flight Society and Outer Banks Forever, will commemorate the 117th anniversary of Wilbur and Orville Wright’s first heavier-than-air, controlled, powered flight. Park entrance fees will be waived on the first flight anniversary.

Throughout the month of December, Cape Hatteras National Seashore and Wright Brothers National Memorial will publish content on social media to highlight these important dates. Follow on Facebook at @CapeHatterasNS and @WrightBrothersNMEM to interact with park rangers, partners, and historians during the month.

Additional details about each event, including specific times and lists of speakers, will be announced in early December.

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