Outer Banks Lighthouses Going Dark

Two landmarks on the Outer Banks will be going dark for needed repairs.

The Bodie Island Lighthouse and the Ocracoke Lighthouse will shut down their lights next Monday.

The National Park Service says the Bodie light will shut down for at least 18 months. Repairs include removing 344 glass prisms for cleaning, restoring the panels that hold the prisms and the pedestal that supports the lens, strengthening the lighthouses spiral staircases, and installing a fire detection and suppression system.

The work on Ocracoke is expected to take about four months. The repairs will include renovation of metal work on the interior and exterior, correcting the lightning protection measures and painting both the inside and outside of the lighthouse.

The Bodie Island Lighthouse still uses its 1871 Fresnel lens and is on the National Register of Historic Places.


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  • by Mickey Location: NJ on Sep 22, 2009 at 06:26 PM
    Hi Bob...Some people always feel the need to bash on Politics, that was cute! anyway, I guess there is more work involved in Bodie Island Lighthouse than in the Ocracoke Lighthouse. it seems that its only 4 months to shut down Ocracoke, and 18 months for bodie, they both seem and need to have tons of work done to them. Maybe its because of the height differance? then again, bodie is in need of major repair I'm guessing. The last time I was there, parts were falling off, and there was, or still is a catch net. I'm glad they got some funding!
  • by Bob Location: NJ on Sep 22, 2009 at 05:49 PM
    Mr Pot (Jim Weidner-K2JXW) meet Mr Kettle (Doc). As Mickey pointed out this topic is supposed to be about a couple of lighthouses not a political debate. The sad thing is both of you seem to love lighthouses yet still feel the need to belittle each other over politics.
  • by Mickey Location: NJ on Sep 22, 2009 at 05:20 PM
    Wow, is this about Lighthouses or Political views folks? Go on Politics.org or something and battle this garbage out...I agree with Bob and Doc because Chase feels that the Obama administration should be working to keep the lights out for the economy. I'm sure Mike agrees also with Chase. Doc who seems to appreciate Lighthouses as Bob does I'm sure, was only saying that Chase was turning it into and Obama political view as he stated First! Now Jim said...To turn this into a political issue and use it to slam Osama only shows the ignorance of the ''right-wing conservatives'' who will stoop at nothing to demean our President. It cost more to keep Terry Schiavo alive! Wow Jim! ouch, I guess your a liberal or something, but to say things like that? and you can't even spell our Presidents name correctly, that's ignorant also, no? and you said Osama??? Osama who? that is real scary Jim! Oh and by the way,,I love Lighthouses too and hope they keep them Lit forever! So does Bush SR.
  • by Bob Location: N.J. on Sep 22, 2009 at 03:10 PM
    Mike- I hope you were being sarcastic. Chase- how much electric do you think a lighthouse uses? Other Lighthouses out in the Ocean, Bays and Lakes are almost always selfsustaining with the use of a few small solar panels. I guess I would be one of those "Yankees" you say has climbed the statue of Liberty (which by the way was also used as a lighthouse at one point). I am however also very interrested in all of Americas remaining lighthouses whether they are tall towers like Cape Hatteras or Barnegat Lights or look like houses such as Point Fermin or Sea Girt or even look like sparkplugs in the middle of a bay like Port of Los Angeles or Delaware Breakwater. Just because a person visits one great piece of architecture (Statue of Liberty) does not mean other structures (Lighthouses) do not have their own appeal. I say keep all our lighthouses lit as historical landmarks. BTW I could care less about spelling etc. I am too tired to bother to spell check and proofread.
  • by Jim Weidner -- K2JXW Location: NJ on Sep 22, 2009 at 03:10 PM
    The Amateur Radio Lighthouse Society contributes financially to the restoration and upkeep of many of the world's lights. Many of these are supported by private individuals and groups such as ours at NO COST to the government. Moreover, a quick check of the guest book at any of the lights open to the public will show a plethora of visitors from all over -- a testament to their popularity as tourist attractions. Sandy Hook and the Twin Lights, for example, get almost as many visitors as the Statue of Liberty (which, by the way, is actually classified as a lighthouse). The periodic maintenance is required on a routine basis every so often. The electricity used is negligible -- less than your corner street light. To turn this into a political issue and use it to slam Osama only shows the ignorance of the right-wing conservatives who will stoop at nothing to demean our President. It cost more to keep Terry Schiavo alive!
  • by Doc Location: N.J. on Sep 22, 2009 at 08:11 AM
    Hi Buck...touché..! but you are partly right as you stated ''''I support wholeheartedly, keeping the lights lit'' the rest is open for debate! I stand for History as well as technology...guess I'm just a Yankee.
  • by Buck Location: Tucson, AZ on Sep 22, 2009 at 07:05 AM
    I'm never ceased to be amazed at people who can't discuss things rationally. The three people posting on this topic have all proved they are incapable of making a coherent statement. The initial commenters made silly factual errors based on ignorance of technology (despite citing technology) and the rebuttal had to resort to political assumptions. Doc, I'm a "far left nut" in your book I'm sure, but I support wholeheartedly, keeping the lights lit. At some point we must regain the ability to discuss things in this country without resorting to hyperbole and hysterics.
  • by Doc Location: N.J. on Sep 22, 2009 at 06:02 AM
    I couldn't agree more to shut the lights down! But! Just for repair and to turn them back on again! These Lighthouses are Historic Icons...they lit the way for many of our ships to help defend this beautiful Country with the freedom we all have today! And thanks to our founding fathers who gave their lives , we can now all sit back and enjoy life to its fullest. A tiny light bulb sits in the center of the foundation that is reflected and is magnified by Fresnel lens that will not take but only tiny bit of electricity, Far less then a far left wing nuts hair dryer! The Cap and Tax program will not save our economy. Its just political ideological ways to forefront a name to a tax explosion program that will kill the economy even worse. lets leave the poor political views out of the Historic Lighthouses. and no, I'm not a raciest, I'm a true American who appreciates the history of this wonderful Country! Lighthouses bring income to the beautiful parks in the states where they shine!
  • by Chase on Sep 21, 2009 at 06:15 PM
    I agree Mike almost 100% of the people that go out in the ocean have GPS now.And if they dont there is this thing called a COMPASS. OUR ANCESTERS USED THEM VERY ACCURATLY.THE OBAMA ADMINASTRATION WANT S US TO STOP USING SO MUCH ENERGY BUT YET THEY WANT TO FIX THESE THINGS SO THEY CAN KEEP ON BURNING ELECTRICITY.Give me a break every yankee that has been down here has climb the statue of liberty so you think they are going to be impressed with a little light house? I dont think so
  • by Mike Location: Washington on Sep 21, 2009 at 11:11 AM
    Sweet, the State will save tons of money on electricity.
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