Cape Hatteras Lighthouse wall decor features the tallest lighthouse in the U.S., with an iconic black and white diagonally-striped facade. The original tower was first built on Hatteras Island near Buxton, North Carolina in 1802. In addition, it is an extremely important mainstay for the dangerous waterways throughout the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Seated on the point of collision for the cold Labrador Current with the warm ocean stream of the Gulf Current, it has long been the site of many powerful ocean storms. The number of ships destroyed in these waters gave the area the nickname in as the "Graveyard of the Atlantic" during the Civil War.