The Roanoke River lighthouse sits on the waterfront in Edenton. The lighthouse, originally built in 1886 has been moved several times and was renovated then reopened to the public in August 2014.
The Roanoke River lighthouse sits on the waterfront in Edenton. The lighthouse, originally built in 1886 has been moved several times and was renovated then reopened to the public in August 2014. Chuck Liddy cliddy@newsobserver.com
The Roanoke River lighthouse sits on the waterfront in Edenton. The lighthouse, originally built in 1886 has been moved several times and was renovated then reopened to the public in August 2014. Chuck Liddy cliddy@newsobserver.com

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