Mattamuskeet is often referred to as the “other” lighthouse, because that is how it is popularly known. In fact, Mattamuskeet is not truly a lighthouse: Mattamuskeet was originally a pump house, with it’s goal being to empty Lake Mattamuskeet, North Carolina.
With the purpose of draining the lake, the structure was built in 1915 as the world’s largest pumping station. When that project was scrapped, it became a hunting lodge in 1937. Now, the local landmark has been largely empty for more than three decades, since it closed to goose hunting in 1974. Yet preservationists are counting on the area’s natural beauty to generate interest in restoring the lodge.