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Name: Frying Pan Shoals Light  

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Nearest Town or City:
Southport, North Carolina, United States

Location: 32.5 miles southeast of Cape Fear.

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Photo: U.S. Coast Guard

Managing Organization:
Private Owner


Built at a cost of $2 million this lighthouse was solarized in 1995 and deactivated in 2003. Declared excess property, the GSA sold the lighthouse at auction in 2010 for $85,000 to businessman Richard Neal who plans to restore it and open it for overnight stays and retreats. FMI go to

Height of Focal Plane: 118

Description of Tower: Square tower on Texas-style platform.

This light is not operational

Date Established: 1966

Date Present Tower Built: 1966

Date Deactivated: 2003

Current Use: Discontinued.

Open To Public? No.

Accessible by boat only.

Keepers: Michael Allen (1977-1978)


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