When we went to the aquarium on Roanoke Island, we saw that the Bodie Island lighthouse had originally been on Pea Island. This shows that short section of pictures of the old lighthouse there.
After the Cape Hatteras lighthouse was build, Congress appropriated the funds for an additional lighthouse on Pea Island. It was 10 years though before the site was purchased and construction began in 1847.
The initial light, a 54-foot tower constructed on an unsupported brick foundation, began to lean within two years and was finally abandoned in 1859. It was rebuilt on a nearby site the same year. When the Civil War broke out the 80-foot tower was blown up by the Confederate troops who feared that the Union forces would use the lighthouse as an observation post.
All these dunes in the Outer Banks are protected so please take care not to walk or drive on them, you will get a ticket with fines! These dunes are a part of a delicate
ecos-ystem and must be preserved.
Favorite thing: There are several parking lots along Route 12 the are safe to park in, and go bird hunting or what ever you may be serching for in this wonderful wildlife refuge. Take your camera and lots of batteries, you don't want to have that perfect shot and run out of batteries!