Bald Head Lighthouse quotOld Baldyquot North Carolina

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Now is my favorite part of my tour! Talking about the world famous lighthouses of North Carolina!

So 1st off on my tour of must see buildings of North Carolina form the lighthouses list is Bald Head Lighthouse. Located on Bald Head Island on the Outer Banks, Bald Head Lighthouse is also called "Old Baldy" by the locals. This 110ft (about 33 1/2 meters) lighthouse was constructed in 1817 and was used as the main lighthouse for the entrance to the mouth of the Cape Fear river until 1930 when it`s light was officially put out, but continued to serve as a radio beacon until it was shut down in 1958. This Officially makes Old Baldly the longest serving lighthouse in American history; even though its light was inaccurate for many years and was replaced by 2 lighthouses since. Old Baldy is also the oldest still standing lighthouse in North Carolina, even though it has been fully decommissioned. Although it`s still used as a day beacon it is no longer and official beacon of the Outer Banks. A replica of the lighthouse keeper`s house has been made into the Smith Island Museum of History. It exhibits lenses from Old Baldy and the now torn down Cape Fear Lighthouse, period furnishings, a souvenir shop, and historical articles about both Lighthouses. So if you`re looking for a very historical lighthouse to visit, it doesn`t more historical than Old Baldy, the Bald Head Lighthouse!

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