On December 16, 1870, the current Cape Hatteras Lighthouse was lit for the very first time, and the Cape Hatteras National Seashore has released a virtual video celebration to commemorate this milestone, as well as the corresponding 150th anniversary of the founding of Dare County.
The video made its grand debut at 4:45 p.m. on December 16, and the roughly 39-minute presentation begins with a ceremonial illumination of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, which was filmed prior to the event due to Wednesday’s severe weather.
From there, the video features a number of speakers from various agencies, (including historians, authors, and other partners), as well as a tribute from other lighthouses from all across the country.
“A special thank you goes out to all who assisted with making this celebration possible, including Outer Banks Forever, Outer Banks Lighthouse Society – OBLHS (Bett Padgett – OBLHS president and John Havel – member), Dare County, CURRENTtv and all of our guest speakers,” stated CHNS in an online update prior to the premier.
The video can be accessed via https://youtu.be/ZQVP1qDECEk, and more information about virtual and in-person celebrations planned through the end of the year and beyond is available on the Island Free Press, as well as on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore’s Facebook page.
A sample of some of the lighthouses from around the country who joined in the Happy Birthday video celebration are also posted below.