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Society ~ Advocates for North Carolina Lighthouses ~
* Bodie Island Lighthouse Keepers' Direct Descendants Weekend
October 18 - 20, 2013
In keeping with our mission, OBLHS held a homecoming for over 1,100 Cape Hatteras Lighthouse keepers' descendants in 2001 during a special weekend event. Because of its tremendous success, we are planning a homecoming October 18-20, 2013, for direct descendants of Bodie Island Lighthouse keepers. We wish to pay tribute to the faithful keepers and their families who served at this significant American light station.. We wish to pay tribute to the faithful keepers and their families who served at this significant American light station. We are calling the event the BOLD Homecoming.
We have created a brief publication for the occasion as well as compile family history charts on family groups for display and for descendants to keep. We were very fortunate that the government shutdown ended two days before the event and we were able to host the homecoming at the lighthouse! There will be many stories and pictures of the BOLD soon.
Raffle winners for 2013 prizes:
1st prize: One week stay in a cottage in the heart of Nags Head.
winner: Susan Griffith, New Jersey 2nd prize: Romantic 2-night stay at historic First Colony Inn, Nags Head
winner: Robert Maddux, Tennessee 3rd prize: Signed, rare collection of books on NC's maritime history
winner: Theresa Ward, North Carolina 4th prize: Canvas print of Bodie Island Lighthouse by Bruce Robers
winner: Paul Bodie, South Carolina
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Chicamacomico Life Saving Station
Rodanthe, NC 252-987-1552
As soon as we were a country, Congress was asked, "What can be done about all those
The answer was two-fold: ~
1790– Congress created the United
States Light-House Establishment to
warn ships of danger, hoping that
would be enough…But it wasn’t nearly enough, ships still
wrecked. Lots of lives & cargo was lost.
Finally,1871– Congress created the United
States Life-Saving Service to rescue
shipwrecked victims in peril from the sea. Read the story at
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People of all ages are drawn to lighthouses for various reasons. Some because of their historical significance, some because of their majestic mystique, some for the stories within the walls of the towers, and some are seeking spiritual identity. For whatever reason, people from all over the world visit the Outer Banks of North Carolina to see the lighthouses. We all have a common interest. The members of the Outer Banks Lighthouse Society share this interest and a common goal in keeping these lights shining. Come see our lighthouses. They call to us not just across the water but across time. They are markers of history, of navigation and of our dreams.
The purpose of the Outer Banks Lighthouse Society is to aid in the preservation of the lighthouses and maritime history of North Carolina and to work with the National Park Service and other agencies, both government and nonprofit groups, to achieve the safekeeping of the buildings, artifacts, and records of the U.S. Lighthouse Service.
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