Part of Cape Hatteras Lighthouse complex revealed by waves

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse (Photo: Michael Bentley / CC BY 2.0)

CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — The National Park Service says a portion of a 150-year-old brick fence that once surrounded the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse has been exposed by ocean waves that carved a cliff into the sand.

The Charlotte Observer reports the once-elaborate fence was finished in 1871 when the lighthouse was a year old and it was left behind when the lighthouse was moved inland in 1990 to protect it from sea level rise.

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Park spokesman Michael Barber says the fence foundation was buried at the time of the lighthouse move, and part of it was removed to make room for a path to relocate the lighthouse.