Light Hearted

Light Hearted ep 55 – E. Gifford Stack, Oak Island Lighthouse, North Carolina

Oak Island Lighthouse went into service in 1958 near the mouth of the Cape Fear River in southeastern North Carolina. It’s been owned by the Town of Caswell Beach since 2004, and it’s managed by the nonprofit Friends of Oak Island Lighthouse. From 1958 to 1962, Oak Island Lighthouse had the brightest navigational light in the United States. It was the next to last lighthouse constructed in the United States.

Oak Island Lighthouse, U.S. Lighthouse Society photo
E. Gifford Stack

In 2014, E. Gifford Stack was honored by the Outer Banks Lighthouse Society with a Fresnel Prism Award for his contributions to lighthouses and their history. He has been a longtime tour guide at the lighthouse and serves as the tour coordinator. He has escorted more than 400 tours to the top of the tower over the past nine years.

He also serves as a board member on the Brunswick Civil War Round Table and volunteers with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office. He is also an avid motorcycle rider.

Inside Oak Island Lighthouse, USLHS photo by Russell Crane

Friends of Oak Island Lighthouse

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