NPS announces Ocracoke Light Station 200th anniversary event

NPS announces Ocracoke Light Station 200th anniversary event
The Ocracoke Light Station includes several buildings including the Ocracoke Lighthouse and Double Keepers’ Quarters. [Photo courtesy National Park Service / Kurt Moses]

Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) plans to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Ocracoke Light Station at a special event on Thursday, May 18, 2023. In addition to the special event, a series of weekly educational programs are being planned for this spring and summer.

In 1822, the federal government purchased two acres at the south end of Ocracoke Island for $50 as the site for a new lighthouse and support structures. Constructed by Massachusetts builder Noah Porter, the 75-foot-tall Ocracoke Lighthouse and surrounding buildings were completed in 1823. The Seashore protects and preserves the lighthouse, Double Keepers’ Quarters, oil house and the other support structures that make up the 200-year-old Ocracoke Light Station. The light continues to serve as an active aid-to-navigation thanks to support from the United States Coast Guard.

The event, held from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., will feature several speeches, activities, a birthday cake and more for history-lovers to enjoy. Outer Banks Forever, Cape Hatteras National Seashore’s official philanthropic partner, plans to livestream the event for those who cannot attend.

Educational programs will be conducted this spring and summer at the Ocracoke Light Station and on social media. Once program details are finalized, they will be added to the Seashore’s special Ocracoke Light Station 200th anniversary webpage at