Roanoke Marshes Light

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Roanoke Marshes Light
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Roanoke Marshes Light (USCG)
Roanoke Marshes Light is located in North Carolina
Roanoke Marshes Light
Location South end of Croatan Sound, North Carolina
Coordinates 35°48′40″N 75°42′02″W / 35.81111°N 75.70056°W / 35.81111; -75.70056Coordinates: 35°48′40″N 75°42′02″W / 35.81111°N 75.70056°W / 35.81111; -75.70056
Year first lit 1877
Deactivated 1955
Foundation screw-pile
Construction cast-iron/wood
Tower shape square house
Height 37 feet (11 m)
Original lens fourth-order Fresnel lens
Characteristic fixed white with red sector

Roanoke Marshes Light was a screw-pile lighthouse in North Carolina.


Little is recorded about this light, which was replaced in 1955 with an automated light on a shorter tower. It marks the south entrance to the channel through Croatan Sound, to the east of a marshy shoal extending from the western shore. Ironically this places it in the deepest bottom in the area.

There was a predecessor light on this site, beginning in 1857. The pictured light, of conventional screw-pile construction, was lit in 1877. When the light was decommissioned, an unsuccessful attempt was made by a private party to move it, but the house was lost in the sound.

In 2004, a replica of the light was dedicated at the Roanoke Island Maritime Museum in Manteo, North Carolina.