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Modeled after a late 1800s screw-pile lighthouse, the Roanoke Marshes Lightouse is open year round and located in downtown Manteo on the Waterfront. Wander the scenic finger dock to the Lighthouse, which houses a history of the light as well as changing exhibits including topics such as early boatbuilding and the Civil War battle on Roanoke Island.

The lighthouse was one of many that dotted the sounds back in the 1800s and helped guide waterman through local waters

There have been three prior Roanoke Marshes lights. The current light is an exterior reconstruction of the square cottage-style screwpile lighthouse, which stood at the southern entrance to Croatan Sound near Wanchese in what was called Roanoke Marshes. It was decommissioned in 1955 and lost in the sound during an attempt to move it to private property.

The lens is a 4th order Fresnel lens with a fixed, white light and is an active aid to navigation, guiding boats into Shallowbag Bay.

The Town of Manteo dedicated the Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse on September 25, 2004.  It serves not only as a valuable piece of history and changing exhibition site, but also a scenic backdrop of wedding and prom photos and sunsets galore. Witness how its light glows upon the evening sound waters. It’s spectacular year round.


  • Monday 9:00am-5:00pm
  • Tuesday 9:00am-5:00pm
  • Wednesday 9:00am-5:00pm
  • Thursday 9:00am-5:00pm
  • Friday 9:00am-5:00pm


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