Bodie Island Lighthouse to open to public

The Bodie Island Lighthouse will open to the public on April 19 for the first time following a three-year, $5 million restoration. The opening has drawn national attention from lighthouse enthusiasts, said Bruce Roberts, board member and co-founder of the Outer Banks Lighthouse Society. The Division is working with the Outer Banks CVB to promote the lighthouse opening through editorial media coverage and through domestic and international travel trade promotions. The lighthouse tower has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. “They’re symbols for us both in a national way and a personal way,” Roberts said. “They make us feel safe, and they have saved lives.” Completed in 1872, the Bodie (pronounced “body”) Island Lighthouse is one of the few that still has its original first order Fresnel lens, an encasement of prisms more than 6 feet in diameter that magnifies and sends the beam seaward. The lens was invented by Frenchman Augustin-Jean Fresnel. April 19, opening day, will be free to the public. After that, visitors will need to buy a ticket expected to cost $8 to climb as part of guided tours going 9 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. daily, seven days a week.