Cape Hatteras Lighthouse celebrates ‘move of the century’ July 1

Here we are on 6/30/99 one day beyond 1/2 way. [NPS photo]

The public is invited to a July 1 event celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse move.

The free event will start at 9:30 am near the lighthouse and will include speeches, a question-and-answer session with expert panelists, artifacts from the move, expanded interpretive ranger talks, activities for children, and free lighthouse climbing.

The Outer Banks Lighthouse Society and Outer Banks Forever are partnering with Cape Hatteras National Seashore to make the event memorable for visitors and the local community.

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse started its epic “move of the century” journey on June 17, 1999. After the lighthouse was lifted, the tower moved 2,900 feet over the course of 23 days to its current location.

On 7/01/99 the lighthouse was pushed 354.60′. This would be the record for the move. [NPS photo]

The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, sentinel of the perilous Diamond Shoals, where the Gulf Stream meets the Labrador Current, witness to the tragic sinking and triumphant rescues claimed by the “Graveyard of the Atlantic,” resumed its duties on Nov. 13, 1999 and continues to do so to this day.

In addition to the lighthouse move celebration, park rangers will present daily interpretive lighthouse move programs beginning May 3 and continuing through Oct. 14.

From June 17 through July 9 (the anniversary of the 23 day lighthouse move), expanded interpretive programming will take place on the grounds of Cape Hatteras Light Station. For information about programming, visit:

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