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Any news on the Hunting Island Light?

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Postby beachbum1616 » Tue Feb 01, 2005 7:05 am


Has anyone heard any news on the opening of the Hunting Island Light? Last I heard it was to be opened last month (Jan) after the restoration work was completed. We will be in the area in two weeks and I was hoping that it would be open to climb.
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Postby COTA » Tue Feb 01, 2005 7:23 pm


Stephen,
I looked at websites this past weekend trying to find out. I wrote a phone # to call but I haven't yet. Let me know if you hear anything and I will do the same. I wanted to get down there myself.

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Postby COTA » Tue Feb 01, 2005 7:24 pm


Stephen,
I looked at websites this past weekend trying to find out. I wrote a phone # to call but I haven't yet. Let me know if you hear anything and I will do the same. I wanted to get down there myself.

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Postby beachbum1616 » Tue Feb 01, 2005 7:43 pm


Will do! I had planned to call today, but since I can hardly talk right now, I am going to have to wait.
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Postby COTA » Wed Feb 02, 2005 9:58 am


Stephen,

I called the Park this morning. The tenative date is now set for Feb. 18th (Friday) @ 10:00 a.m., which includes the ceremony also.

I had planned to go, but that date don't look good. :cry: I've had my eye on Hunting for several years, and I am going to fulfill that one soon! I wish I could go for sure.

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Postby beachbum1616 » Wed Feb 02, 2005 1:09 pm


Glad to hear that work is being finished, but I can't change our plans now. I guess we will have to make another trip later on in the year to climb it.
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Postby Leah Loar-Mays » Sun Feb 06, 2005 7:17 pm


This just in!

(Beaufort-AP) Feb. 6, 2005 - The Hunting Island Lighthouse is scheduled to reopen later this month after being closed for nearly two years because of cracks found in the structure.

The 133-foot-tall lighthouse built in 1875 was closed to the public after six cracks were found in the steps.

The lighthouse is scheduled to reopen February 18th. It cost about $140,000 to repair the cracks and installing supporting braces for all 175 steps, which were climbed by about 50,000 visitors a year.

Nautical use of the lighthouse ended in 1933. It opened to the public in 1938 along with Hunting Island State Park.

Posted 5:10pm by Chantelle Janelle/WIStv.com
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Postby Pharoslvr » Mon Feb 07, 2005 6:59 am


'Good news! :)

Thanks, Leah
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Postby vacastle » Mon Feb 07, 2005 8:27 am


Great to hear!

Also helps to point out the amazing amount of money it takes to make these types of repairs. (Enormous sum still needed to make the necessary repairs at Bodie Island Lighthouse).

Hunting Island is such a beautiful lightstation to visit. The surroundings are so peaceful. Remembering a couple of very friendly and enthusiastic park volunteers with a big smile! :)

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Postby COTA » Sat Feb 12, 2005 7:22 pm


Hey guys. Called the park today and plans are still ongoing to open the lighthouse Friday morning! Plans are to include a ceremony at 11:00 as well. Provided I'm not sick, (I'm under the weather right now), I plan to attend!

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Postby Gary Martin » Sun Feb 13, 2005 6:38 am


I'd tell you that I'm jealous that you live close enough to be there for that, but considering how close I live to a number of lighthouses, I suppose I shouldn't! :wink:
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Postby COTA » Sun Feb 13, 2005 4:31 pm


Gary, I wish I did live closer to some lighthouses! I do envy those that do!
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Postby kinnakeet » Thu Feb 17, 2005 11:02 am


Hopefully we will be going in the Fall. Since it's now on the list of lights that Devaney was a keeper at. Think Maryland is the farthest north and so far Hunting Island is the fathest south.
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Postby beachbum1616 » Thu Feb 17, 2005 5:00 pm


Although the lighthouse was not open yet, I can tell you that the place is in great shape. They were painting the white picket fence Sunday morning while we were there. We just about had the place to ourselves, minus a coulple of guys working on the exterior concrete that supports the stairs into the lighthouse.

Christina, my parents and I talked with one of the volunteers for about thirty minutes or more just about the light and the history there. We really enjoyed it and got some fairly good photos!

btw......for those that have been there, the beach erosion is still occuring and there are several less feet of beach now, with lots of palms laying in the surf.
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Postby vacastle » Thu Feb 17, 2005 5:20 pm


When I visited in 2003, there were two volunteers, a man and a woman. They were extremely helpful, and obviously enjoyed their job.

We talked probably for that long too! :D

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