North Carolina-Frying Pan Tower-October 31

North Carolina People, Places, and Things-October 31

I am the dad to five adult children. As they were growing up I attempted to remind them they were special and to implore them to learn something new. My goal was to do that daily.

In 2016 my goal is to learn something new daily on the people, places, and things that make North Carolina special. Everyday this year I am doing a post on what I have learned new.

During Hurricane Matthew I saw a video clip of a man doing a Skype interview with the Weather Channel from Frying Pan Tower off the coast of Brunswick County NC. I had gone deep sea fishing ten years ago out to the tower and had no idea anyone lived there. It was a summer day I will never forget hearing the tower rattle against the wind and waves.

The tower formerly the U.S. Coastguard Frying Pan Light Station,  is a lighthouse situated at the end of the Frying Pan Shoals,  32 miles south of Bald Head Island N.C.



More than 30 miles off the North Carolina coast, Richard Neal and his fiancée rode out Hurricane Matthew on top of an old surplus Coast Guard light station named Frying Pan Tower, and it’s something they did on purpose.


Richard Neal owns Frying Pan Tower, which is only reachable by boat. The platform is about 100 feet above the ocean, and there’s no land in sight. He work full time for a software company on a sales team and travel extensively around the country and world.

What is really amazing is if you want to spend the night at the tower you can. Details on making reservations and great videos can all be found on the website.

I have to imagine this is the most unique North Carolina getaways in the state.





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