Things to Do in Manteo, NC: Lighthouses

Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse

You wouldn’t typically think of most lighthouses as adorable, but that’s not the case with the Manteo lighthouse. The squat, screwpile Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse in Manteo’s waterfront downtown is a replica of the 1870s original. Since moving to its location at the edge of the Manteo’s downtown waterfront, the Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse has become iconic of the town and visiting is an essential thing to do in Manteo, NC. With its white and red cottage and operating white light, the Manteo lighthouse attracts eyes from all around the downtown and from the across the sound. The Victorian-style cottage at the light’s base offers its visitors maritime exhibits, seasonal displays and model boats. There’s also information about the lighthouse’s history and alternative location before it became known as the Manteo lighthouse.