Old Baldy Lighthouse & Smith Island Museum of History

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Old Baldy Lighthouse & Smith Island Museum of History


Hours & Seasons

  • Hours - Spring/Fall: Tues-Sat 10-4, Sun 11-4. Memorial Day-Labor Day: Mon-Sat 9-5, Sun 11-5. Closed January and February.


  • 101 Lighthouse Wynd

    Bald Head Island,   NC   28461

  • Mailing Address -

    PO Box 3007

    Bald Head Island,   NC   28461


For over 200 years, North Carolina’s oldest standing lighthouse (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"

Special Directions:

Bald Head Island is accessible by passenger ferry from Deep Point Marina located at 1301 Ferry Rd, Southport, NC 28401. Take NC 211 (Howe St.) into Southport, NC. Turn left at the light at Moore St. (NC 211 continues). Bear right at the traffic circle. Turn right into Deep Point Marina. Follow the signs for passenger departure and follow instructions for parking. Ferries leave at the top of the hour and do not require a reservation. Current ferry cost: $22.00 adult, $11.00 youth 3-12. Old Baldy Lighthouse, located at 101 Lighthouse Wynd, is just a short walk from the island's ferry landing.

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