Bodie Island Lighthouse


Bodie Island LighthouseThe tall, slim, black and white horizontal striped Bodie Island Lighthouse is located off NC 12 between Nags Head and Oregon Inlet. The current lighthouse was completed in 1872 and was the third lighthouse built in this area. The first Bodie Island Lighthouse was constructed in 1847. The 54-foot structure was poorly designed and engineered. It ended up with one side a foot taller than the other. Instead of attempting to salvage it, plans were drawn for another lighthouse. The second Bodie Island Lighthouse was begun in 1859. The completed structure stood 90 feet tall and cast a beam that could be seen for 15 miles. But, during the Civil War retreating Confederate troops thought the advancing Union Army would use it as a lookout and therefore destroyed the lighthouse. The third and present day lighthouse was built and put into service in 1872. The tower is 156-foot and has a beam that can be seen for 19 miles. The interior of the lighthouse is not open to the public for climbing but does have a gift shop, visitor’s center and exhibits. Lighthouse Facts • Height – 164 feet • Automated – 1940 • First Lit - 1872