CHNS seeks assistance identifying those responsible for Ocracoke Light Station vandalism

Published 1:43 pm Tuesday, October 6, 2020

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Two acts of vandalism at the Ocracoke Light Station were recently discovered by Cape Hatteras National Seashore rangers. CHNS has launched an investigation and seeks tips from the public to help catch those responsible for the vandalism.

CHNS has reported that on Sunday, September 27, rangers noticed that a wooden ventilation slat was missing from the Ocracoke Lighthouse door. Additionally, the wire screening behind the missing wooden slat was forcibly detached from the door.


Missing wooden ventilation slat and damaged wire screen on Ocracoke Lighthouse door. Courtesy CHNS

Rangers discovered on Monday, October 5 that numerous windows were damaged in the Keeper’s Quarters, the lighthouse and several outbuildings. It is believed that the damages were caused sometime between the evening of October 3 and the morning of October 5.


Damage to Keeper’s Quarters window and door. Courtesy CHNS

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Those with information that may help determine the individuals, circumstances and events that led to the acts of vandalism are asked to contact the National Park Service’s Investigative Services Branch (ISB). Call or text the ISB Tip Line at 888-653-0009 or submit a tip at

“Completed in 1823, the Ocracoke Lighthouse is the oldest operating lighthouse in North Carolina,” stated the CHNS release. “It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977.”



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