National Lighthouse Day Celebrated on August 7
Contact: Outer Banks Group, 252-475-9034
The National Park Service will celebrate lighthouses at Cape Hatteras National Seashore with special programs on Wed., Aug. 7, 2013. Lighthouse Day has, historically, been proclaimed as a day of national observance on Aug 7. The Lighthouse Act of Aug. 7, 1789 established the Federal Government's role in the construction, maintenance, and repair of these unique structures.
Lighthouses, whose solitary beacons have guided countless ships through perils of fog and darkness, are a cherished part of our Nation's heritage. Often isolated and repeatedly tested by the ravages of storm and sea, lighthouses are monuments to the courage and determination of the people who built them and the keepers who have maintained them.Cape Hatteras National Seashore protects and preserves three lighthouses: the Bodie Island Lighthouse, the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, and Ocracoke Lighthouse.
Special programs scheduled for the day include:
1 p.m. and 4 p.m. - Tending the Light: Would you have wanted to work and live at a remote light station?Join a park ranger to discuss the dedicated keepers of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and the work they did to ensure the safety of mariners along the North Carolina coast. Meet at the Hatteras Island Visitor Center Pavilion(20 minutes).
2:30 p.m. – A Link in the Chain: While the Bodie Island Lighthouse stands alone on a narrow ribbon of sand, it served as a link in the chain of a network of lighthouses on the east coast. Learn more about the US Lighthouse Service and of what life was like for the Bodie Island keepers and their families. Meet at the flagpole near the Bodie Island Visitor Center (30 minutes).
6 p.m. – The Oldest Lighthouse: The Ocracoke Lighthouse is the oldest continuously operating lighthouse in North Carolina. Learn how this tower is truly part of the Ocracoke community and get a peak inside the base of the tower. Meet at the Ocracoke Lighthouse—parking is very limited, it is recommended that you walk, bike, or be dropped off at the site (30 minutes).
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.