The Forgotten Lodge And Tower That Sits Empty On The Largest Natural Lake In North Carolina

North Carolina’s Lake Mattamuskeet, the largest natural lake in the state, is home to a wildly historic building that was built in 1911 and became the world’s largest pumping station. (More on that below.) After the closing of the pump station, the structure was converted into a bit of an elite hunting lodge that now sits empty, awaiting a metamorphosis. In the meantime, the structure is hauntingly beautiful – and worthy of a visit, if only to see the sheer size and marvel at the exterior.

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The history of Lake Mattamuskeet, the pumphouse, and Mattamuskeet Lodge is as fascinating as is the exterior of this haunting old building with a tower that resembles a lighthouse. Have you seen it in person?


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