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Bald Head, North Carolina

Lighthouse History

Built: 1817

Type: Tower

Height: 91 feet

Status: Non-Active

Location: Bald Head Island

Deactivated: 1935

Lens: 4th Order Fresnel

Notes: The existing Bald Head Island Lighthouse was built in 1817 as the second lighthouse on the island.  The first lighthouse, the Bald Head Island Light Station, was built in 1794. By 1813 the structure was torn down and replaced by another tower. Congress authorized a new lighthouse for the Bald Head Island Light Station in 1814.
Old Baldy received the 3rd order lens along with a fog bell in 1855. In 1893 the flashing red light was changed to a white light.
In 1963 it was sold to a private owner who later sold it to the Carolina Cape Fear Corporation. Later it was given to the Old Baldy Foundation.
The lighthouse can only be reached by boat.

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