Currituck Beach Lighthouse Celebrates Season Opening with Free Climb Day on March 18

By on March 14, 2023

Outer Banks Conservationists and the Currituck Beach Lighthouse invite you to climb for free on the first day of our 2023 Season!

On March 18, join us at the Lighthouse anytime between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Open to the public since 1990, the tower will be open every day in season (weather permitting) 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. through November 30th. Enjoy the beautiful grounds, the 220 steps to the top, the panoramic view of the northern Outer Banks, a unique elliptical brick path, and the Victorian stick style buildings. The smaller Keeper’s dwelling is also open as a museum shop.

Learn from docents, brochures, exhibits, and artifacts about shipwrecks, the lives of lighthouse keepers, the history of the tower, and the original 1st order Fresnel lens. The night marker is a 3 second-on, 17 second-off pattern; the day marker is the tower’s unpainted red brick. A public, active aid to navigation, the Currituck Beach Lighthouse was built in 1875 to fill the last remaining “dark space” on the East coast.

Those aged four and older are welcomed to climb. The fee to climb is $12 per person for the 2023 season. Season passes are available and can be purchased at:  Admission may be paid at the tower only (no advanced or online tickets are available). A liability waiver must be signed prior to climbing. Leashed pets are welcome on the Lighthouse grounds. Children 0-3 do not climb on their own but may enter secured in backpacks only.

The station is open thanks to the Outer Banks Conservationists who own the tower through the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act and collaboration with the Department of the Interior, the State of North Carolina, and the United States Coast Guard to maintain the site and its historic accuracy.


Barnhill Building Group has been selected as the Construction Manager @ Risk by the College of the Albemarle and is seeking to pre-qualify construction trade contractors to submit bids for the furnishing labor, materials, equipment, and tools for the new College of The Albemarle – Allied Health Sciences Simulation Lab (COA Health Sciences) located in Elizabeth City, NC. Please note: Only subcontractors who have been prequalified by Barnhill will be able to submit a Bid.

The project consists of the new construction of a 38,000-sf, 2-story expansion to the existing Owens Health Sciences Center and will house classrooms, labs, and a simulation lab. The site is just over just over 4.5 acres and is located on an active campus. This new construction will be a steel structure with a brick and metal panel veneer, curtainwall, and storefront glazing with a PVC roof membrane.

Principal trade and specialty contractors are solicited for the following Bid Packages:

BP0100: General Trades

BP0105: Final Cleaning

BP0390: Turnkey Concrete

BP0400: Turnkey Masonry

BP0500: Structural Steel & Misc. Steel

BP0740: Roofing

BP0750: Metal Panels

BP0790: Caulking / Caulking

BP0800: Turnkey Doors/Frames/Hardware

BP0840: Glass & Glazing

BP0925: Drywall

BP0960: Resilient Flooring

BP0980: Acoustical Ceilings

BP0990: Painting & Wallcovering

BP1005: Toilet Specialties / Accessories / Division 10

BP1010: Signage

BP1098: Demountable Partitions

BP1230: Finish Carpentry and Casework

BP1250: Window Treatment

BP1400: Elevators

BP2100: Fire Protection

BP2200: Plumbing

BP2300: HVAC

BP2600: Turnkey Electrical

BP3100: Turnkey Sitework

BP3290: Landscaping

Packages may be added and/or deleted at the discretion of the Construction Manager. Historically underutilized business firms are encouraged to complete participation submittals.

HUB/MWBE OUTREACH MEETING: Barnhill Building Group will be conducting a HUB/MWBE Informational Session. You are encouraged to attend the following session to learn more about project participation opportunities available to you. These seminars will help to: Learn about project and scope; Inform and train Minority/HUB contractors in preparation for bidding this project; Assist in registration on the State of North Carolina Vendor link; Stimulate opportunities for Networking with other firms. Location and time TBD. Please visit our planroom at for more information.

Interested contractors should submit their completed prequalification submittals, by July 22, 2024, to Meredith Terrell at or hardcopies can be mailed to Barnhill Contracting Company PO Box 31765 Raleigh, NC 27622 (4325 Pleasant Valley Road, NC 27612).


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