Inside Of Ocracoke Lighthouse To Be Renovated

North Carolina's Ocracoke Lighthouse is getting a new look.

The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk, Va., reported Monday that the inside of the 65-foot white lighthouse will be closed for up to six months, probably beginning in early August.

The renovations will include restoration of the metalwork on the 80 steps of the spiral staircase, repainting walls and cast iron and installing new lightning protection.

The historian for the National Park Service Outer Banks Group says the inside of the tower hasn't been restored since ownership was transferred around 2000 from the Coast Guard to the National Park Service. Historian Doug Stover says the decomposing bricks that leave dust on the floor every morning shows the need for repairs.

The lighthouse was built in 1823.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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