Bald Head Island NC has been an important fixture in American history since the 1500s, when the island first started showing up on regional maps. It was once home to a British fort and hospital during the Revolutionary War. It contained several Confederate gun emplacements during the Civil War. In the 1900s, visitors would come to the island to hunt wild pigs.
All this and more can be discovered by taking in some of the fun and informative tours available on Bald Head Island. Here's your guide to some of the best historic sites and tours on the island.
Visit Old Baldy
Old Baldy is one of Bald Head Island's most prominent and historical fixtures. Rising high above the trees, the lighthouse is one of the first things visitors see when arriving by ferry. But, it's even more majestic when seen up close.
Old Baldy is North Carolina's oldest standing lighthouse and it remains one of its most popular tourist attractions. Visitors can climb the lighthouse's 108 steps for a picturesque 360-degree view of the island. There's even an on-site museum where you can learn more about the lighthouse and the island's seafaring history.
Take a Walking Tour with Bald Head's Ghosts
Ghost tours can be found in practically any historically-significant town, but on Bald Head Island, our ghost tours are the real deal. At any time you might see a ghostly specter of one of the island's former residents, walking along the marsh.
Of course, the guides on the Sail Shop's Ghost Walk know where all the most haunted spots on the island are and they take guests right to them. While walking through the spooky sites, guests will learn all about the pirates, river pilots, and lighthouse keepers that still roam the night.
The Ghost Walk is only available in the summer months and advanced reservations are required. Call 910-457-4944 to reserve your spot.
The Enchanted Island Treasure Hunt and Story Hour
The Enchanted Island Treasure Hunt and Story Hour is a fun-filled time for children aged 5 to 12. It features professional actors and performers that guide the youngsters on an engaging treasure hunt through Bald Head's past. Over the course of the story, they'll cross paths with pirates and dig for gold along the cove of North Beach.
The Enchanted Island Treasure Hunt and Story Hour is only available in the summer months and it is appropriate for ages 4 and up. Reservations are not required but they are strongly recommended. Call 910-457-4944 to reserve your spot.
Discover the Legacy of Bald Head Island NC
If you want to discover the historical legacy behind Bald Head Island, then the Historic Island Tour, provided by the Old Bald Foundation, will give you exactly what you're looking for. If you are an on-island guest, then historic tours of the island originate at the ferry terminal in the harbor, or if you are only visiting for the day, then your tour will begin at the Deep Point Marina.
Over the course of the tour, you will visit the Old Boathouse located on Bald Head Creek, the foundation of the Cape Fear Light, and Captain Charlie’s Station, which includes three lighthouse keeper’s cottages dating back to 1903.
The Historic Island Tour lasts approximately 1.5 hours. Reservations are required. Call 910-457-5003 for details and to reserve your spot on the tour. If you are traveling with a group of 12 or more and you want to book a group tour, then call 910-457-7481.
Visit Historic Bald Head Island NC and You're Guaranteed a Great Time!
Bald Head Island's historic sites and tours are fun for the whole family. They're informative and engaging and everyone is guaranteed to have a great time. The next time you're planning a visit to Bald Head Island NC, be sure to try one or all of the tours offered. You won't find a better way to learn about our island!
If you would like more information about Bald Head Island, just fill out this contact form for the Bald Head Island Chamber of Commerce. We will send you a welcome packet with everything you need to know about visiting our beautiful island.