Old Baldy Lighthouse & Smith Island Museum



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  • Seasons - Year round
  • Hours - March 15-Memorial Da Tues-Sat 10-4, Sun 11-4, Memorial Day-Labor Day Mon-Sat 9-5, Sun 11-5, Labor Day-Dec 15 Tue-Sat 10-4, Sun 11-4, & Dec 15-Mar 15 Fri & Sat 10-4, Sun 11-4


  • 101 Lighthouse Wynd

    Bald Head Island,    


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For nearly 200 years, North Carolina’s oldest standing lighthouse (Old Baldy was built in 1817) has marked the mouth of the historic Cape Fear River. Smith Museum is housed in replica of 1850s lighthouse keeper’s cottage. Today, thousands of visitors make the exciting journey each year to beautiful Bald Head Island to learn about the island’s rich maritime past at the Smith Island Museum of History and experience Old Baldy up close – including the climb to the top for a breathtaking view of the surrounding area’s outstanding natural beauty.

Island is accessible only by ferry or private boat; no cars are allowed on the island.

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101 Lighthouse Wynd
Bald Head Island NC 28461


Latitude: 33° 52' 24.96" / Longitude: -78° 0' 1.4394"

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