Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is located on Hatteras Island in the Outer Banks of North Carolina near the community of Buxton. The Outer Banks are a group of Islands on the North Carolina that separate the Atlantic Ocean from the Coastal sounds and Inlets. The Lighthouse is considered an operational aid to navigation maintained by the US Coast Guard. The Light Tower was decommissioned by the US Coast Guard due to the expensive maintenance cost as well as increasing reliance on GPS.
The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is the tallest US Lighthouse and on the tallest brick lighthouses in the World. It is also the best-known building in North Carolina. In 2003, the Lighthouse celebrated its 200th anniversary.
USPS commemorated the Cape Hatteras Head Lighthouse (State of North Carolina - US Eastern Coast) by the release of 25c stamp on 26-Apr-1990 in its US Coast Guard Lighthouse Stamp Series-1990.
The 1990 Lighthouse Stamp series is to commemorate the US Coast Guard Bicentennial and US Lighthouse Service and also the series represented one Lighthouse from each of the main coastal regions in the United States.
Built in the year 1803, the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse:
- Tower is ROUND brick
- Tower is mounted on an Octagonal brick base which is unpainted red brick
- Tower is painted with BLACK and WHITE SPIRAL pattern
- Lantern painted BLACK
- Height is 61 metres
- Colour scheme of LIGHT is WHITE
- Light character is FLASH every 7.5 seconds