John Havel with books, documents and replicas associated with the Hatteras Lighthouse

John Havel

For the son of an ironworker, the intricate railings and Italianate brackets of the Hatteras Lighthouse sparked a lifelong infatuation with America’s most iconic lighthouse.

Bodie Island Lighthouse and Hatteras Island Lighthouse at night

Chasing the Light

A former classroom teacher’s life journey with a world-renowned photographer became one of the great romantic stories of our time — based on a mutual calling to save North Carolina’s magnificent lighthouses.

If This Wave Could Talk

It might boast: Outer Banks breakers are the envy of the East Coast. Or it could share a tale: The world’s best surfer first got his feet wet in the shadow of Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. Ask nicely, and it might divulge a secret or two: About legends and landmarks — even where to find a clam cookout or a fine fish supper. After all, our waves have plenty of those, too.

Under the Hatteras Light

When he was a teenager, Philip Gerard left Delaware to discover himself. He had nothing but a sleeping bag, clothes, a backpack, a stove, and a canteen. Then he found a personal guide in the Hatteras Light.