Bodie Island LH Restoration Progress Report
Contact: National Park Service, (252) 473-2111
The Cape Hatteras National Seashore Bodie Island Lighthouse, located south of Nags Head just off of NC Hwy. 12, has been involved in a massive restoration project since December 2009. Significant and major restoration work was accomplished over the past year in order to protect this iconic beacon; however, similar to other restoration projects involving aging, historic structures, unforeseen issues arose that have complicated the full completion of the restoration work.
Last summer, while removing layers of paint and corrosion, the NPS contractor discovered significant structural integrity issues associated with the support structures under the balcony. A structural assessment has been completed to determine the seriousness and full extent of those findings, which included problems with framing, lantern beam supports, masonry and stitching, and steel drum and belt course segments located at the top of the lighthouse. NPS is working to obtain the additional funding needed to resolve these issues.
Work in the lighthouse will end this spring and the facility will be secured until funding is obtained.
For more information, contact the park at 252-473-2111.
Did You Know?
The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is the tallest brick structure ever moved. When it was built in 1870, it stood 1,500 feet from the shore. By 1999, the lighthouse was within 100 feet of the ocean. To protect it from the encroaching sea, it was moved inland a total of 2,900 feet over a 23-day period.