Cape Charles Light

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Cape Charles, Virginia
Cape Charles Light - Bottom of the fresnel lens display
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Cape Charles Light - Chesapeake Bay Bridge part of the Bay Bridge Tunnel
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Cape Charles Light on Smith Island Feb 17, 2011
I had put the GPS location for the Cape Charles Lighthouse on Smith Island into the GPS. That took us into the Eastern Shore of Virginia Wildlife Refuge - the Wise Boat ramp and the GPS said to start off road navigation. The man at the Administration Building of the refuge said that there was a tree covered island in the way of seeing the lighthouse from the refuge. He said the only place you could see it from land was the northbound lane of the Bridge Tunnel. I took a couple of photos from the southbound lane, but they aren't very good.

This little-known and rarely-visited (accessible only by boat) tower is the second tallest U.S. lighthouse. Five lighthouses of this class were built, and two others survive. The Coast Guard carried out a structural restoration of the tower in fall 2000.

1895 active lighthouse which flashes white every 5 seconds, day and night. It is an 191 ft octagonal pyramidal white cast iron skeletal tower with central cylinder, lantern and gallery, solar-powered 190 mm lens. The original 1st order Fresnel lens is on display at the Mariner's Museum in Newport News. The lantern and watch room are painted black. Sadly, the original 2-1/2 story shingle-style keeper's house was destroyed by a brush fire in July 2000. The brick coal house and brick generator building survive.
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