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BALD HEAD "OLD BALDY" LIGHT

State: NORTH CAROLINA
Location: BALD HEAD ISLAND / CAPE FEAR RIVER
Nearest City: SOUTHPORT
County: BRUNSWICK
U.S.C.G. District: 5
Year Station Established: 1794


Bald Head "Old Baldy" Light
Photo courtesy Old Baldy Foundation
Existing Historic Tower:
  • Year Light First Lit: 1817
  • Is the Light Operational? NO
  • Date Deactivated: 1930
  • Automated: N/A
  • Foundation Materials: DRESSED STONE
  • Construction Materials: BRICK
  • Markings/Patterns: MOTTLED STUCCO/PLASTER
  • Shape: OCTAGONAL
  • Relationship to Other Structures: SEPARATE
  • Tower Height: 100
  • Original Optic: 15 LAMPS & REFLECTORS
  • Year Original Lens Installed: 1851
  • Present Optic: REMOVED
  • Year Present Lens Installed:
  • Height of Focal Plane: 110
  • Fresnel Lens Disposition:
Previous Tower(s):
  • 1. Construction Date: 1794
  • Description: OCTAGONAL STUCCO-FINISHED BRICK
  • Fate/Disposition: LOST TO EROSION 1813
Modern Tower? NO

Existing Sound Signal Building? NO

Existing Keepers Quarters? NO, DESTROYED (REPLICA BUILT IN 2000)

Other Structures: BRICK OIL HOUSE (USED AS RESTROOMS), DECREPIT DOCK

Current Use: HISTORIC SITE/KEEPERS SERVES AS MUSEUM

Owner/Manager: OLD BALDY FOUNDATION

Open to the Public? YES (Go to Lighthouses to Visit for access information)

Web Site: LINK

National Register Status: LISTED; Reference #75001242
Name of Listing: BALD HEAD ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE
On State List/Inventory? YES; Year Listed:

Miscellaneous:
CAPE FEAR LIGHTHOUSE, SKELETON TOWER, ERECTED ON SMITH ISLAND IN 1903 W/FIRST ORDER LENS, DEMOLISHED 1958; BALD HEAD SOLD BY COAST GUARD IN 1963; RENOVATED 1990-1993



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