Preserving and Celebrating Bald Head Island
Hundreds of community-minded property owners and visitors support a variety of nonprofit organizations dedicated to preserving the coastal environment, rich history and distinctive way of life on Bald Head Island. Whether it's protecting the sea turtle population or restoring Old Baldy Lighthouse, your support is welcome and deeply appreciated.
Bald Head Island Conservancy and Smith Island Land Trust
The Bald Head Island Conservancy is an independent nonprofit organization founded in 1983, whose mission is to protect and preserve the natural environment of Bald Head, Middle and Bluff islands. In its role as the islands' environmental advocate, the Conservancy sponsors and facilitates scientific research of benefit to this barrier island environment, and it provides diverse activities to enrich, educate and enlighten the islands' many visitors and residents. Its new Barrier Island Study Center, the first of its kind, is a hub of research, education and conservation.
As a subsidiary corporation and partner of the Conservancy, the Smith Island Land Trust (SILT) complements these efforts by preserving significant properties in perpetuity, ensuring that land within the island complex will be forever protected in its natural state. As a 501(C)(3) nonprofit membership organization, the Conservancy and SILT are able to continue their work through the generosity and commitment of its many members, property owners, island visitors and other supporters.
Most Conservancy programs are free and open to the public. Proceeds from Turtle Central, the Conservancy's gift shop, supplement donations and membership sales.
For a schedule of Conservancy activities and programs, call the Conservancy Information Line at (910) 457-5786, 24 hours a day, or visit www.bhic.org.
Old Baldy Foundation
The Old Baldy Foundation was formed in 1985 to preserve and restore Old Baldy, North Carolina's oldest lighthouse, built in 1817. Funded through private donations, as well as state and federal grants, the organization provides educational information about the historic structure, its keepers and its role in the island's seafaring history.
For more information, call (910) 457-7481 or visit www.oldbaldy.org.
Smith Island Museum of History
The Smith Island Museum of history, located on the Old Baldy Lighthouse grounds, is a replica of the 1850s lighthouse keeper's cottage that stood to the west of Old Baldy Lighthouse. The museum is furnished with household items from that time period and displays many historic artifacts. It also houses a gift shop, with proceeds benefiting the Old Baldy Foundation. Tours of the museum and lighthouse are available for a per person/per visit fee.
For tour schedule and hours of operation, call (910) 457-7481 or visit www.oldbaldy.org.
Public Service Auxiliary
The Public Service Auxiliary assists Bald Head Island's Fire, Rescue and Police departments by collecting funds to supplement their tax-based budgets, providing public assistance during times of crises, and hosting social functions for these departments. Membership is open to all residents and property owners on Bald Head Island, and meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 10 a.m. at the Fire Station, unless otherwise announced.
For more information, call (910) 457-4310.
Smith Island Art League
In 1993, property owners created the Smith Island Art League to foster the island's artistic community. The league holds an annual art show each Memorial Day weekend for the sale of members' work, and hosts a distinguished lecture by a recognized artist, professor or curator every fall. Both events are open to the public.
Call (910) 457-0623 or (910) 457-6229 or visit www.smithislandartleague.com for more information.
Located creekside near Old Baldy Lighthouse, the picturesque Village Chapel of Bald Head Island first opened on Easter Sunday of 1987. Nondenominational services are conducted by visiting clergy year-round each Sunday at 8:30 a.m., and from Memorial Day through Labor Day an additional service is held at 10 a.m. The Chapel began with an initial gift of land from the Mitchell Family (developers of Bald Head Island) and is now funded through community donations. An endowment fund has been established for memorial donations, and arrangements can be made for special services, including weddings.
For information, call (910) 457-1183 or visit baldheadislandchapel.org.