I’ll be honest I hadn’t heard of the Frying Pan Tower until a hurricane a few years ago. But I remember the video images of the coastal North Carolina landmark weathering the storm vividly. If you don’t know, it is a former warning light (though not a lighthouse) for the shipping industry. Its located just over 30 miles off Bald Head Island.
According to the tower’s website, it was built in 1964 and was staffed by the Coast Guard until technology allowed for the light to be automated. It continued to be in operation for many more years but eventually was abandoned thanks to the advent of GPS. Frying Pan Tower then operated as a Bed & Breakfast for a period of time as well. That’s one unique place to stay!
Today the tower is being restored as arguably the most unique coastal North Carolina landmark. By making a donation you can take a trip and stay there while working in a variety of capacities. This is where Amazon comes in. The company recently donated $25,000 to the preservation efforts. The tower actually receives deliveries from Amazon. I wonder if they get two-day Prime shipping? The orders are fulfilled in the Raleigh fulfillment center. From there they are flown via helicopter to Frying Pan Tower. Deliveries consist of items such as food and supplies for volunteers as well as shark camera equipment!
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