National Park Service Celebrates National Lighthouse Day - August 7, 2015

August 6, 3:00 p.m. - The Oldest Lighthouse: The Ocracoke Lighthouse is the oldest continuously operating lighthouse in North Carolina.  Learn how this tower is truly part of the Ocracoke community and get a peek inside the base of the tower.  Meet at the Ocracoke Lighthouse.  Parking is very limited–we recommend that you walk, bike, or be dropped off. (20 mins)

August 7, 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. - The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse–Why is it Here: Have you ever wondered why this lighthouse was built on a remote barrier island?  Learn about the history of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and its purpose.  Meet at the Hatteras Island Visitor Center Pavilion. (20 mins)

August 7, 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. - A Link in the Chain: While the Bodie Island Lighthouse stands alone on a narrow ribbon of sand, it serves as a link in the chain of a network of lighthouses on the east coast.  Learn more about the US Lighthouse Service and what life was like for the Bodie Island Lighthouse keepers and their families.  Meet on the front porch of the Bodie Island Visitor Center. (20 mins)