• Spring-time view of the seashore, with shorebirds returning to the surf.

    Cape Hatteras

    National Seashore North Carolina

Viewing Hours Extended for Base of Bodie Island Lighthouse

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Date: August 31, 2007
Contact: Outer Banks Group, (252) 473-2111

The public will continue to have the opportunity to walk inside the base of the Bodie Island Lighthouse after Labor Day. Although the tower is not open for climbing, the base will be open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Oct 8, 2007.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore volunteers will be available to greet visitors wishing to view the old oil house and gaze up the spiraling cast iron staircase of the 1873 tower. Visitors can listen to stories of the light station’s past as well as hear plans of future restoration projects, including a major repair of the 214 steps anticipated to begin in 2009.

The Bodie Island Lighthouse is on the National Register of Historic Places. The tower is located a short distance south of Nags Head in a quiet and picturesque setting, adjacent to a freshwater pond and the old light keepers’ dwelling that currently serves as a Seashore visitor center. The lighthouse base may be open additional hours when volunteers are available. For more information, call (252) 441-5711.

-NPS-

Did You Know?

Sea Whip, though it looks like a plant, is actually whole colony of animals.

A piece of sea whip that washes up on the beach at Cape Hatteras National Seashore is not a plant, but the skeleton of a whole colony of animals. A tiny animal lived in each hole on the yellow, orange or purple stems. It had a mouth, a stomach and eight tentacles to catch food.