Wednesday, August 06, 2014

National Lighthouse Day

Thursday, August 7, is National Lighthouse Day, but special programs in the Cape Hatteras National Seashore Park start tomorrow.

Photo by Eakin Howard

Programs include: 
  • August 6th, 5 pm - 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 peek inside the base of the tower. Meet at the Ocracoke Lighthouse. Parking is very limited. We recommend that you walk, bike, or be dropped off. (30 mins) 
  • August 7th, 1 pm & 4 pm - The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse--Why is it Here: Have you ever wondered why this lighthouse was built on a remote barrier island? Learn about the storied history of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and its purpose. Meet at the Hatteras Island Visitor Center Pavilion. (20 mins) 
  • August 7th, 3 pm - A Link in the Chain: While the Bodie Island Lighthouse stands alone on a narrow ribbon of sand, it serves as a link in the chain of a network of lighthouses on the east coast. Learn more about the U.S. Lighthouse Service and of what life was like for the Bodie Island Lighthouse keepers and their families. Meet on the front porch of the Bodie Island Visitor Center. (30 mins) 
All programs are free and open to all.

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Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is an article about the Ocracoke Crab Festival which was held each May from 1984 to 1989. You can read it here:


  1. Anonymous9:06 AM

    Nice photo. Looks ready to write a message on the back and slap proper postage on it and then drop it in the mail stream. PH how many feet away from the shore is the OI lighthouse.?? In all the photos I have seen I haven't an inkling.

    1. The Ocracoke lighthouse was built primarily to help guide ships in Pamlico Sound. It is about 1/4 mile from the sound shore; and about a mile and a quarter from the ocean beach.

  2. Dear Readers,
    Since Philip didn't mention my connection with the Ocracoke Lighthouse, I will. I spent the last two months opening up the Ocracoke Lighthouse twice a week for visitors. I had an average of 175 guests per day. On those days I told stories about the lighthouse and the island. I hope you come back next summer and catch one of my programs!! I am sad to say I will not be there on National Lighthouse Day. Please enjoy. It is like stepping inside a history book. Lou Ann