The Outer Banks Lighthouse Society was organized in 1994 to aid in the preservation of the lighthouses in the area and work with the National Park Service and other agencies and non-profit groups to achieve the safe-keeping of the buildings, artifacts and records of the old United States Lighthouse Establishment, a.k.a. U.S. Light-House Board and Bureau of Lighthouses and U.S. Lighthouse Service.
Good Reading on Lighthouses of North Carolina's Outer Banks:
NORTH CAROLINA LIGHTHOUSES: A Tribute to History and Hope 2004 by Cheryl Shelton Roberts and Bruce Roberts published by Our State Books. Hundreds of full color photographs beautifully illustrate this 225-page comprehensive story of the NC lights with information that has never been revealed.
THE LOST LIGHT: The Mystery of the Missing Cape Hatteras Fresnel Lens/A Civil War History of Extinguished Southern Sentinels and Hidden Lighthouse Lenses 2003 by Kevin Duffus published by Looking Glass Publications.
HATTERAS KEEPERS ORAL AND FAMILY HISTORIES edited by Cheryl Shelton-Roberts with Family History Researched by Sandra MacLean Clunies.
OUT OF HARMS WAY: MOVING AMERICA'S LIGHTHOUSE by Mike Booher and Lin Ezell.
CAPE HATTERAS: AMERICA'S LIGHTHOUSE by Thomas Yocum, Bruce Roberts and Cheryl Shelton-Roberts released in July of 1999 by Cumberland House. "The authors should be commended for writing not only a fascinating book into the past and future of this great beacon, but also a fine tale of passion, perseverance, intrigue, romance, grand schemes, utter calamities and vast heroism." Homer H. Hickam [New York Times #1 Best Selling author of Torpedo Junction, Rocket Boys/October Sky, and Back to the Moon.].
GREAT AMERICAN LIGHTHOUSES by F. Ross Holland is a classic "overview" of
most American light stations, updated in 1994
THE CAPE HATTERAS LIGHTHOUSE by Dawson Carr is a book devoted to the
history of the lighthouse up until relocation was considered, written in 1991
HATTIE FROM HATTERAS is a new book for young readers of great adventure by
SOUTHEASTERN LIGHTHOUSES by Bruce Roberts and Ray Jones
EXPLORING THE LIGHTHOUSES OF NORTH CAROLINA by Cindy Corey
NORTH CAROLINA LIGHTHOUSES by David Stick
An activity book written for fifth grade level readers, but usable for oral
reading with younger students or independent study for up to eighth graders
is THE LIGHTHOUSE ACTIVITY BOOK by Elinor de Wire.
The May, 1999 issue of the magazine OUR STATE Down Home In North Carolina does a
special issue on North Carolina lighthouses each year.
LIGHTHOUSE FAMILIES by Cheryl Shelton-Roberts contains a collection of
stories, among which are three chapters from interviews with the last
Keepers' children at the Cape Hatteras, Bodie Island, and Croatan Shoals
Light Stations in North Carolina. These were some of the last children of
the old U.S. Lighthouse Service Keepers who manned the lights before the
coast guard took over the lighthouse service in 1939.
For younger readers, A LIGHTHOUSE ADVENTURE by Mary Maden is written for
NORTH CAROLINA LIGHTHOUSES by Cheryl Shelton-Roberts and Bruce Roberts, a 20 page, full-color booklet on all the tall coastal lights of North Carolina and the less-known sound and river lights. The booklet features a color map of all these lighthouses, driving directions, and in-depth history of the lighthouses, based on a decade of research.
Lighthouse Society Memberships
Individual membership in the Outer Banks Lighthouse Society is $25.00; family $35.00; senior (60+) $20.00; family for seniors (60+) $30; student (18 and under) $10; Lifetime $500. Each new, renewal and gift membership will recieve a logo sticker, newsletter, membership card and our new four-color brochure, text by Cheryl Shelton-Roberts, design donated by Ralph Burroughs or The Positive Influence in Winston-Salem, NC and printing donated by Rowan Business forms of Salisbury, NC.
All new memberships as well as renewals and other membership correspondence
should be directed to:
The authors of North Carolina's Outer Banks provide this space as a public service and as such are not responsible for its content. Our readers are encouraged to use their best judgement regarding
which organization to support and the manner in which they choose to support it.