The sun sets on the Roanoke River Lighthouse as it stands in the Harbor of Edenton  on May 14. The lighthouse, originally built in 1886, has been moved several times. It was renovated, then reopened to the public in August 2014.
The sun sets on the Roanoke River Lighthouse as it stands in the Harbor of Edenton on May 14. The lighthouse, originally built in 1886, has been moved several times. It was renovated, then reopened to the public in August 2014. Chuck Liddy cliddy@newsobserver.com
The sun sets on the Roanoke River Lighthouse as it stands in the Harbor of Edenton on May 14. The lighthouse, originally built in 1886, has been moved several times. It was renovated, then reopened to the public in August 2014. Chuck Liddy cliddy@newsobserver.com

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