Bodie Island Lighthouse 150th anniversary event postponed until later date

By on September 12, 2022

UPDATE: This Saturday’s event to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the first lighting of the Bodie Island Lighthouse is postponed due to the potential for heavy rainfall and flooding late this week. A new date and time for the event will be announced in the coming weeks.

Ranger-led educational programs and Bodie Island Lighthouse climbing opportunities are canceled this Saturday, Oct. 1.

Oct. 1 ceremony to honor lighting of Bodie Island Lighthouse
(Cape Hatteras National Seashore)

Cape Hatteras National Seashore, in partnership with Outer Banks Forever and the Outer Banks Lighthouse Society, will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the first lighting of the Bodie Island Lighthouse during a one-hour ceremony at 10 a.m. Oct. 1, 2022.

The anniversary ceremony at the historic Bodie Island Light Station will feature remarks from Cape Hatteras National Seashore, United States Coast Guard, Outer Banks Lighthouse Society and descendants of lighthouse keepers. Visitors will be able to experience temporary displays and exhibits within the Double Keepers Quarters and the base of the Bodie Island Lighthouse.

The Bodie Island Lighthouse was first lit on Oct. 1, 1872, replacing the previous lighthouse that was destroyed during the Civil War. Standing 164 feet tall, the Bodie Island Lighthouse is one of only 10 still-functioning lighthouses in the United States that features a first-order Fresnel lens.

Tickets to climb the Bodie Island Lighthouse will be free on Oct. 1, 2022, and will require advanced reservations at:

An informal evening gathering is scheduled to occur at 5:45 p.m. on the grounds of the Bodie Island Light Station. Following brief remarks, visitors will be able to hear stories of the United States Life-Saving Service and view a lighting of the first-order Fresnel lens, 150 years after it was first lit.


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