An event 20 years in the making!
Join for an event featuring a variety of keynote speakers, representing a wide range of hands-on experiences with the monumental undertaking, as well as a candid panel discussion with scientific experts, local community members, and contractors responsible for the actual move.
Following the formal event, please join Park Rangers and members of the Outer Banks Lighthouse Society for a guided walk along the move path.
The event is free to the public and will take place on-site at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.
SCEDULE OF EVENTS:
At 9:30 a.m., Bett Padgett (past president of the Outer Banks Lighthouse Society) will kick off the 20th Anniversary of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Move Celebration event in her role as Mistress of Ceremonies. The first 45 minutes to 1 hour will feature a series of speakers.
- David Hallac, Superintendent, National Parks of Eastern North Carolina
- Scott Babinowich, Chief of Interpretation, Cape Hatteras NS/Fort Raleigh NHS/Wright Brothers NMEM
- Bob Woodard, Chair, Dare County Board of Commissioners
- Dr. Stanley Riggs, Distinguished Research Professor of Geology, East Carolina University
- Bob Woody, NPS Public Information Officer during the move
- Terry Ann Jennette Ponton, Granddaughter of Unaka Jennette, last keeper of the lighthouse
- Dr. Robert Young, Director, Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines, Western Carolina University
- Danny Couch, Commissioner, Dare County Board of Commissioners,Hatteras Island Historian
Following the speaker portion of the event, a panelist question and answer session will be moderated by Aida Havel, Outer Banks Lighthouse Society
- Mike Booher, official photographer for the move
- Joe Jakubik, Project Manager, International Chimney Corporation
- Jerry Matyiko, Principal, Expert House Movers
- Reid Thomas, Restoration Specialist, NC State Historic Preservation Office
- Danny Couch
- Dr. Stanley Riggs
- Bob Woody
Between the speaker section and the panelist discussion, Bett Padgett will perform her song "If I Were A Lighthouse." After Superintendent Hallac provides closing comments, Mojo Collins will perform his song "Hope of Diamond Shoals."
Cape Hatteras National Seashore wishes to thank the Outer Banks Lighthouse Society and Outer Banks Forever for their help with planning and supporting
this special event.
- Lighthouse climbs are free as part of the anniversary celebration of the lighthouse move and to encourage people to experience the view from
the top of the lighthouse where the move path, old site, and shoreline changes can be seen firsthand. Climbing hours are 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Join a ranger at the old lighthouse site at 2:30 p.m. to hear stories of the move while walking the 2,900-foot move path between the old and new
- Artifacts from the move, along with posters describing the details ofthe move, are on display in the Double Keepers' Quarters.
- Outer Banks Lighthouse Society, Outer Banks Forever, NOAA's Monitor National Marine Sanctuary, and the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum will have informational tables near the Double Keepers' Quarters.