Support Old Baldy

Who We Are: Old Baldy Foundation  

Old Baldy was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.  In 1985 a group of dedicated individuals founded the Old Baldy Foundation, a public not-for-profit 501-c3 organization dedicated to the maintenance and preservation of Old Baldy Lighthouse.  The Old Baldy Foundation is governed by an eleven member board of directors and managed by an executive director.  The lighthouse and property on which Old Baldy stands and the current Smith Island Museum were deeded over to the Old Baldy Foundation by the Mitchell Family in 1987.

For years visitors to Old Baldy could climb literally “at their own risk”.  In 1991 the Old Baldy Foundation launched a campaign, “Steps to the Top”, to repair the steps to the top of the lighthouse.  Between 1991 and 1995 Old Baldy Foundation raised over $125,000 for renovation efforts.  

In 1997 plans were developed to recreate one of the three keepers’ cottages that stood on the site.  The Old Baldy Foundation undertook a loan to finance the building of this one and a half story building.  It now holds a small gift shop, museum exhibits and office space for staff.  In 2000, upon opening this museum and gift shop the Old Baldy Foundation started to charge admission to see the museum and climb Old Baldy.  Those fees, and the proceeds from the gift shop, are set aside for maintenance and long term preservation work.


Send your tax deductible donations to the address below 

Old Baldy Foundation
P.O. Box 3007
Bald Head Island, NC 28461

Be A Volunteer:

Volunteer at the Lighthouse or the Gift Shop - there are plenty of ways you can help depending upon your interest! 

Annual Pass:

For only $100, your family can visit the Smith Island Museum of History and Old Baldy Lighthouse for free all year, as often as you want! 

Buy A Brick:

Create a lasting investment in the history of Bald Head Island's treasured sentinel, Old Baldy by  buying a personalized engraved brick for the memorial walkway around the Oil House. All proceeds go towards ongoing Old Baldy Foundation preservation projects.