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- Like us, follow, & share:This is the official discussion thread for the cause Outer Banks Conservationists. Its EIN is 58-1424689 and it's a public charity based in Manteo, NC. Research more info about the cause on GuideStar and Charity Navigator.
Outer Banks Conservationists work to protect natural, cultural, and historic resources through preservation and conservation.
The Outer Banks Conservationists, Inc. (OBC) was founded in 1980 to save the Keepers’ House of the Currituck Beach Lighthouse. The lighthouse was first illuminated in 1875 and the duplex dwelling built for three onsite oil-carrying keepers and their families was finished a few months later, in 1876. Given that it was the centennial year of the United States and that the station illuminated the last dark space on the Atlantic Coast, much attention was paid to the architecture and design of the site. Today it is home to the only 1st Order Keepers House of its kind remaining. OBC owns the tower now and has had it open to the public daily mid-March through late autumn since 1990.
OBC has since also opened the Island Farm on Roanoke Island, a living history farm interpreting life on the island after the opening of the Dismal Swamp but prior to the Civil War and the Wright Brothers bringing our coastal islands to national renown.
This summer (2021) the work started in early 2020 on the exterior cast-iron work of the tall, unpainted Coastal lighthouse will resume. Added to the contract with International Chimney Corporation (ICC) (who moved Cape Hatteras lighthouse 21 years ago) now is also some work on the 5 cast-iron window jambs in the tower.
If ever someone offers you a free lighthouse in which you’re responsible for the upkeep, remember: upkeep is costly! Here’s a video on the preservation work. OBC appreciates your votes and support!