The National Park Service recently held public meetings to hear preservation ideas for North Carolina’s Ocracoke Light Station. The following were potential preservation ideas that were presented.
Option 1 – Repair as is: Repair storm damage and preserve site as is.
Option 2 – Repair and Elevate: Repair storm damage, replace existing shotcrete at lighthouse with historic parge coat, and elevate all structures, except the lighthouse.
Option 3 – Rehabilitate to 1823 Site: Remove the 1929 keeper’s quarters addition and restore/rehabilitate the quarters using as many original features from the house as possible; restore/rehabilitate the light station structures and site to the 1823-1854 period of interpretation; elevate all structures, except the lighthouse; which would include:
• Replacing existing shotcrete at lighthouse with historic parge coat and exposing original stone foundation at lighthouse.
• Replacing existing metal spiral staircase with historically accurate wood staircase.
• Remove other structures except for the 1823 privy.
Option 4 – Relocate: Move both the lighthouse and the keeper’s quarters to a higher, more storm and flood-resistant location on Ocracoke Island.
The National Park Service will assess the ideas, and once a final decision is made, they will submit plans to the other appropriate government entities from which approvals will be needed.
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