About Outer Banks Conservationists, Inc.
Outer Banks Conservationists, Inc. (OBC) was founded in 1980 and is a private nonprofit 501(c)(3). The mission of OBC is to protect natural, cultural, and historic resources through preservation and conservation of a sense of place, and through public education, interpretation, and outreach, to instill these values in others for the benefit of future generations.
Over thirty years ago, the Currituck Beach Light Station was in need of repair. The nonprofit Outer Banks Conservationists was created to preserve the light station when no one else was willing to step in and restore the national landmark. Since then, OBC has spent more than three decades and nearly $1.5 million from private funding restoring, maintaining and operating the historic site. OBC receives no government funds. OBC opened the lighthouse to the public in 1991.
In addition, OBC added Island Farm on Roanoke Island to its nonprofit historic preservation work 14 years ago. Since then much research has been done with the help of archaeologists, historians, architectural historians, and experts in period furnishings. Island Farm opened to the public in 2010.
Outer Banks Conservationists, Inc., P.O. Box 970, Manteo, NC 27954.