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?
Lightning whelks eat about one large clam per month. The whelk pries the clam open with its muscular foot, wedges the clam open with its shell, then eats the soft inside of the clam. Lightning whelk shells, which whorl to the left, wash up on the beach at Cape Hatteras National Seashore.