Of the over four dozen lighthouses that once marked the jagged
shoreline of North Carolina, only nine still stand, watching over
300 miles of coast. These beacons are cherished monuments of North
Carolina history. In addition to warning ships to safer waters,
they now draw thousands of visitors each year. With this book,
cofounders of the Outer Banks Lighthouse Society Cheryl
Shelton-Roberts and Bruce Roberts provide a well-researched,
human-centered, and beautifully illustrated history of these
towering structures. The authors offer stories—including the
misadventures of Civil War spies and the threat of looming German
U-boats off the North Carolina coast—that provide important
context and meaning to the history of North Carolina's lighthouses.
From Cape Fear to Currituck Beach, every still-standing lighthouse
is lovingly described alongside their architects, builders, and
keepers and the sailors who depended on the lighthouses to keep
them from harm.