Bodie Island Light Station

Also known as: Bodie Island Lighthouse, Body's Island Lighthouse, Bodie Island Visitor Center and Lighthouse
Off NC 12, Nags Head, North Carolina


Beautiful July day at Bodie Island Light

Photo taken by Curtis Lee in July 2009




The Bodie Island Lighthouse is currently undergoing a major resoration project. The exterior and interior of the tower have scaffolding to allow workers access to all parts of the building. The Bodie Island Visitor Center, bookstore and marsh boardwalk in the area are all open during renovations.

Photos of the lighthouse wrapped in scaffolding at:

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on July 4, 2003
Reference number
Architectural styles
Other architectural type; Victorian: Italianate; First-order brick lighthouse
Areas of significance
Architecture; Engineering; Maritime History; Transportation
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic functions
Water-related; Multiple dwelling
Current functions
Water-related; Museum
Periods of significance
1850-1874; 1875-1899; 1900-1924; 1925-1949; 1950-1974
Significant years
1872; 1932; 1940
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 3
Contributing structures: 7
Contributing objects: 4
Non-contributing buildings: 1
Non-contributing structures: 6
Non-contributing sites: 1

Update Log 

  • May 21, 2018: New photos from Richard Doody
  • May 20, 2016: New photos from Jim Allen
  • October 30, 2013: New photo from Michael Miller
  • August 23, 2010: Updated by Curtis Lee: Added info on 2010 renovations
  • August 1, 2010: New Street View added by Bill Eichelberger
  • July 12, 2010: New photos from Curtis Lee


  • Curtis Lee - clee47ford [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Bill Eichelberger - wallyum [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • HABS NC-395 - Bodie Island Light Station
  • Michael Miller - michael_a_miller [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Jim Allen
  • Richard Doody
  • National Register database - Reference number 03000607