Bodie Island Lighthouse Restoration Progress Report for June 16, 2010
Contact: Cyndy Holda, 252-473-2111 x148
The Cape Hatteras National Seashore Bodie Island Lighthouse, located south of Nags Head just off of N.C. Hwy. 12, is undergoing a massive restoration project this summer. Although the site is a busy and active construction area, the Bodie Island complex remains open to the visiting public. The park visitor center and Eastern National bookstore are open and offer a variety of interpretive programs from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., seven days a week, to the visiting public.
Like a giant Tinkertoy construction set on the horizon, the lighthouse looms in the southwest as you travel south along N.C. Hwy. 12 toward Oregon Inlet. The tower and lantern room are encircled by an extensive 2,000-piece scaffolding system and a protective "shroud" made of nylon-reinforced, weatherproof fabric. Park visitors and engineering enthusiasts can marvel, from a distance, at the complexity of the renovation project and take a short walk on the adjacent boardwalk to view the lighthouse tower or watch the variety of feeding birdlife in the pond.
Work accomplished to date includes:
Work to be accomplished next week:
The project is managed by the National Park Service in conjunction with restoration contractors, United Builders Group, LLC from New Bern, N.C., the prime contractor, Progressive Contracting Company, Inc. from Edenton, N.C., and the metal restoration work will be handled by Enberg Mold and Tool from Jacksonville, Fla.
For more information on this project, contact the Public Affairs Office at 252-473-2111 ext. 148.
Did You Know?
When the Home sank on Diamond Shoals off of Cape Hatteras in 1837, there were only two life jackets for all 130 people on board. Ninety people died. Congress passed the Steamboat Act the next year, requiring all vessels to carry one life jacket per passenger.