Since we are trying to visit all of the NC lighthouses, we made a special trip to see this one especilly because it is a bit different. This is a cottage lighthouse and very small. We visited on a Saturday the last weekend in April. The lighthouse is closed on weekends! Not sure if it is closed on weekends all year so check before you go. We did find a gem of a small town in Manteo and some quaint shops and a brewery so all was not lost. zThe town is worth a day visit.