Roanoke River Lighthouse USA-694, Edenton, NC

I’m headed out to do a recon of this lighthouse. It has been inactive since 1941. 35 ft (11 m) square cylindrical wood tower with lantern and gallery, rising from a 2-story wood keeper’s house, originally mounted on a screwpile foundation. The original 4° Fresnel lens is still mounted in the tower. Originally located near the western end of Albemarle Sound off the mouth of the Roanoke River, about 6 miles (10 km) northeast of Plymouth. The lighthouse was relocated in 1955 to downtown Edenton (on the other side of Albemarle Sound) and used first as a rental property and then, from 1960, as the private residence of Emmett Wiggins. The house has been vacant and deteriorating since the death of Mr. Wiggins in 1995. In May 2005 the Lighthouse Preservation Society of Newburyport, Massachusetts, secured an option to purchase the lighthouse from the Wiggins estate. The plan is to move the lighthouse to a publicly-owned site nearby and restore it as a museum.