Nearly a half-million dollars in federal money will help reopen a national landmark here in Eastern Carolina.
The Cape Lookout Lighthouse will receive $487,000 so visitors can once again climb to its top.
The announcement was made this morning by Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar. “Standing 163 feet tall, Cape Lookout Lighthouse is one of the most recognized symbols of North Carolina as well as a national treasure, but a cloud has hung over the structure because it has not been open to the public for more than a year,” said Secretary Salazar.
The lighthouse was first lit on November 1, 1859, but it was closed in the spring of 2008 due to structural and safety problems. Repairs will include alterations to the cast-iron staircase, railings, landings and galleries.
It is hoped the lighthouse can reopen by the 2010 season.