Posted/Updated by Bryan Penberthy on 2013-02-23. This meant that the keeper's wife and children lived away from the lighthouse except during the summer months, making for a … The current Bodie Island Lighthouse is the third that has stood in this vicinity of Bodie Island on the Outer Banks in North Carolina and was built in 1872. The lighthouse, which was built in 1872, is painted white with two 22-foot horizontal black stripes. It stands 156 feet (48 m) tall and is located on the Roanoke Sound side of the first island that is part of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.The lighthouse is just south of Nags Head, a few miles before Oregon Inlet. The US government acquired 15 acres of land from John B. Etheridge (coincidentally a former keeper of the first Bodie Island Lighthouse) on which to construct the new light station on June 13, 1871. Fearing that the 80-foot tower would be used by Union forces as an observation post, the original lighthouse was destroyed during the Civil War. Pronounced “body,” The Bodie Island lighthouse is located before Oregon Inlet on Hwy. Its first-order, 160,000-candlepower beacon shines 19 miles out to sea from Bodie (pronounced “body”) Island. The sandy barrier islands off the coast of North Carolina are always in a state of flux. The third Bodie Island Lighthouse was sited one-and-one-half miles north of the two previous locations, due to the constant movement of Oregon Inlet. 12 at Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Like the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, the beacon on Bodie Island plays an important role in North Carolina’s Civil War history. History of the Bodie Island Lighthouse. Bodie Island Lighthouse: Interesting History - See 2,044 traveler reviews, 1,185 candid photos, and great deals for Nags Head, NC, at Tripadvisor. Bodie Island was completely undeveloped, and the closest school was in Manteo on neighboring Roanoke Island (accessible only by boat). The ocean currents keep the sand in motion and with that, inlets open and close over time.