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Edenton residents petition state leaders for funding to build lighthouse ramp

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Posted at 12:23 AM, Jul 13, 2012
and last updated 2012-07-13 00:23:36-04

A North Carolina lighthouse was supposed to be a big money maker for the town of Edenton.

There were big plans, but the money ran out. Now they are trying to figure out what to do next.

Standing 125 years after it was built, it's one of only a few river lighthouses left in America.

The lighthouse was moved back on the water for the town's 300th birthday celebration, but there is no way to get to it.

The historical community in Edenton is excited about the lighthouse.

They have been working diligently filling it with books, furniture, and decorations from the late 1800s.

But they have no way of getting up there.

A ramp was supposed to be built, but the project was cut off from a lack of state funding.

The ramp costs over $100, 000. Refurbishing the inside is just as much.

Money earmarked for the lighthouse by the state had to go back in the general fund to pay for state obligations like Medicaid.

The town wants the lighthouse to be open to the public for the celebration in November.

They are petitioning state leaders to send money their way while also exploring fundraising options.