Bodie Island Lighthouse - OBX trip, part 6
- Posted June 7, 2008 by Lissa Viewed 2634 times
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Though not as tall as the Cape Hatteras lighthouse, Bodie Island is just as beautiful.
I had wondered about the name “Body's Island” in the marble plaque above. I knew it was pronounced “body” rather than “boadie,” but to see it spelled “Body's” was a surprise. I found the answer on Wikipedia: “The name is derived from the original name of the area, which was ‘Bodies Island’, after the Body family from whom the land was purchased.”
The lighthouse is not open for climbing, because it is not in good shape. In fact, it was closed to the public for several years, until some emergency repairs were made last year. Unfortunately, though the lighthouse is in need of a complete restoration, this (and other National Parks Service funds) keep getting shut out of the federal budget.
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