Viewing Hours Extended for Base of Bodie Island Lighthouse
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.
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.