“Keeping Our Light Strong”

The Friends of Oak Island Lighthouse (FOIL) would like to announce the continuation of our “Keeping Our Light Strong” campaign and ask for your support. Many of you are familiar with FOIL, the 501(c)(3) nonprofit the Town of Caswell Beach created when the lighthouse was acquired as part of the Federal “Land to Parks” program in 2004. FOIL was tasked with managing the lighthouse, including raising funds for the maintenance of the structure so the Lighthouse would not become a burden to taxpayers. FOIL is an all-volunteer organization with no paid staff and operates without Federal, State, or Town funding. FOIL is responsible for the maintenance and public access of this historic landmark, so that it may be enjoyed by our residents and visitors alike. In keeping with this mandate, FOIL contracted with International Chimney Corporation (yes, the same company that moved the Hatteras lighthouse and has done work on over 30 other east coast lights) to perform significant maintenance that allows our light to burn bright for generations to come. This maintenance was completed in early 2017.

If you have visited the lighthouse, you are aware of our limited parking situation. We are now in the process of trying to generate enough funds to create an additional 18 space parking area and connecting walkway, on the lighthouse property east of the lighthouse.

Built in 1957 the light was lit the first time in May 1958. During the past ~60 years wind, sand and salt have aged our landmark, and according to structural engineering studies, needed some tender loving care. We have repaired three cracks that run from the base to the top of the tower, rusting railing brackets and deteriorating stair supports. With these items corrected, we are now turning our attention (and funds) to increasing our visitor parking.

Many of you have experienced the climb to the top and the beautiful views that a walk around the outside balcony provides. Each year since 2005, we have conducted tours of the lighthouse, with the first years allowing a few hundred climbers to ascend to the top. Every year, we have more and more requests for our tours and last year FOIL tour guides assisted over 3,500 people in achieving their dream of climbing to the top. In addition, visitors stop by every day to walk the grounds and take photos of this unique beacon that guards the entrance to the Cape Fear River and warns ships of the dangerous shifting sands of Frying Pan Shoals. We hope to be able to increase our parking so all visitors can safely enjoy their visit.

Donation checks can be made to FOIL and mailed to FOIL, 1100 Caswell Beach RD, Caswell Beach 28465. All donations no matter what amount are greatly appreciated.

If you have any questions or need additional information, email us at oakislandlighthouse@gmail.com.

We truly appreciate your support!

The Foil Board

http://www.oakislandlighthouse.org                        oakislandlighthouse@gmail.com

FOIL is a nonprofit corporation and 501(c)(3) for tax purposes. FOIL is registered with the N.C. Secretary of State for 2017/18 as being licensed to collect contributions. EIN# 20-2548830

Financial information about this organization and a copy of its license are available from the State Solicitation Licensing Branch at 919-814-5400. The license is not an endorsement by the State.