Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Old Baldy

BHI Baldy sign
I'd say the #1 attraction at Bald Head Island is the lighthouse affectionately called "Old Baldy". The Bald Head Island Lighthouse was the very first lighthouse (of the seven lighthouses) in North Carolina.
This old lighthouse sits at the mouth of the Cape Fear River. Ironically, just across the river/Atlantic is the Oak Island Lighthouse. When we are sitting on the beach, we can see both lighthouses.
BHI Baldy
We decided that we would climb to the top of Old Baldy...
BHI Baldy stairs
BHI Baldy window
I thought I was going to hyperventilate as I have a MAJOR fear of heights.
These are the views from the top:
On one side marshland:
BHI Baldy view back
and the marina on the other side:
BHI Baldy view
Look can see the ferry arriving.
Outside is the old brick oil house...the first oil used to burn the light was whale blubber:
BHI Baldy oil house

Here are the kids at the entrance to the Old Baldy:
BHI Baldy kids
Once I made it down (drenched in sweat), I was very very happy! :)

Beside the lighthouse is the famed chapel on Bald Head. Many many many people choose to get married in this quaint little chapel.

Here is the arbor entrance:
BHI Baldy arbor

and the chapel (poor photograph)
BHI Baldy Chapel

We had such a wonderful time at Bald Head. I hope that we can return someday. If you get the chance, this is a MUST destination.


Barb said...

Gorgeous pictures!!

3 Peanuts said...

I love all of these shots. Gorgeous photos. I would love to visit Bald Head Island one day.

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