Assateague Lighthouse

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Chincoteague, Virginia

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grandmar grandmar
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Assateque Light in Chincoteague. Feb 16, 2011
There are tours of the lighthouse in the summer. But we were there in February, so we didn't get to do that. The good thing was - no mosquitoes. And there were signs which explained about the lighthouse.

The lighthouse dates from 1867 (The station was established in 1833). It is an active light; 2 white flashes every 5 s. It is a round brick tower with lantern and gallery, painted with red and white horizontal bands; The lantern roof is black.

The original 1st order Fresnel lens (restored during 2000-01) is on display at the Museum of Chincoteague Island in Chincoteague. (This was closed in February when we were there.) The 2-story concrete keeper's house (1910) now houses wildlife refuge seasonal staff. The oil house (1891) also survives. In 2004, ownership of the light station was transferred to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The Chincoteague Natural History Association helps to maintain the lighthouse and provides public access. The nearby refuge visitor center (also closed when we were there), serves as an information center for the lighthouse.

In June 2006, a section of the cast iron gallery fell, and the lighthouse was closed for the rest of the season. It reopened for 2007. Restoration work was completed in the summer of 2013 and included repainting the tower.

The lighthouse is located on the road from Chincoteague to the Assateague Island beach. The tower is open on weekends April through November. Owner: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge).

Although one might expect that the lighthouse itself would not be handicapped accessible - after all the design of the thing means that there will usually be many steps to get to the top. Even the Sullivan's Island lighthouse which is the only one with an elevator has an additional 25 foot ladder to be scaled to get to the lantern room.

But the path to this lighthouse is particularly difficult to negotiate if you have trouble walking. It is deep gravel. You could not use a scooter or wheelchair, and even walking was difficult for me. I had to stop and rest several times. I got up to the cleared area around the lighthouse, and sat down to catch my breath.
Top of the lighthouse 2011
Lighthouse from the trail
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vances says:
Wow, been to Assateague & Chincoteague several times - camped there (early 1980's) but never knew anything about this lighthouse! Thanks for sharing.
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littlemollica littlemo…
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Great for families and couples! Mar 22, 2008
The Assateague lighthouse is one of the oldest operating lighthouses on the East Coast. My girlfriend and I made it a point to come down and see this lighthouse (We love lighthouses) and overall it's a GREAT photo op. They also have placards all around the base documenting the history of the lighthouse.

If you're coming during the summer months, bring insect repellent as the island is notorious for its mosquitoes.

As long as your here, take a trip to the National Sea Shore and dip in the water, then hit some more hiking trails! If you go to the MD side of the island, there are wild horses just wandering around and some will even come up to your car!

All in all, my girlfriend loved it. It has a real low excitement factor, but as far as just being pretty cool, this is where it's at. Also, there is no parking, you have to walk to this. Park at the lighthouse trail and walk to it!
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furiousfowl furiousf…
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Assateague Island Lighthouse Jul 20, 2008
now this light is located in the middle of a national wildlife refuge where you can see all kinds of water fowl, migrating birds and free roaming horses. it was 1st built in 1833 and rebuilt in 1867, stands 142 feet high and its base is 27 feet and 15 feet at the top. the brick tower has 2 1000 watt lamps that double flash every 5 seconds to warn ships of treacherous shoals that lie off the barrier islands.

the lighthouse is located on the VA side of Assateague island, a windswept barrier island that serves as the chincoteague national wildlife refuge.
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