Old Cape Henry Lighthouse

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583 Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach, VA, USA
(757) 422-9421
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Cape Henry Lighthouse Jul 20, 2008
this light i didnt expect to go thru military security to get in and didnt know it was on an active military base, Fort Story. the old cape henry light was built in 1792, it started to crack in 1870 and was replaced with a new lighthouse just 357 feet away and is still an active navigation aid to ships and operated by the USCG. it is a National Historic Landmark. Today the old cape henry lighthouse silently guards the entry way into the chesapeake bay
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First in the USA - Old Cape Henry Lighthouse 1792 Nov 27, 2004
Old) Cape Henry Lighthouse is the third oldest lighthouse still standing in the U.S. and the oldest on the Chesapeake Bay.

The Colony of Virginia could not raise the funds for the lighthouse they needed. Finally in 1791, Alexander Hamilton contracted with John McComb, Jr. of New York to design the lighthouse. McComb had been the designer of the planned residence for the President, in New York City. Cape Henry was the first lighthouse structure authorized, fully completed, and lighted by the newly organized Federal Government.

The lighthouse is an octagonal stone structure, faced with hewn or hammer-dressed stone -- the first of three lighthouses to be built by John McComb, Jr. The tower was completed in October, 1792. George Washington appointed Laban Goffigan, probably of Norfolk, to become the first keeper to light the fish oil burning lamps of Cape Henry Lighthouse.

In 1870 the tower began to crack and a replacement was built and put into service in 1881. The old lighthouse was not torn down because it continued to be a day marker for navigation, and was recognized for historical and architectural significance. In 1930 the old tower and 1.77 acres were deeded to the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities

The tower is run by the APVA and is open to be climbed


* 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.--Nov. 1-March 15

* 10 a.m-5 p.m.--March 16-Oct. 31

* Site Closed Thanksgiving Day

* Lighthouse Closed December 5 - January 4 (Gift Shop Open) because it is decorated for Christmas and there are too many wires and cords for it to be safe for visitors to climb.

Admission: Adults(including seniors) $3.00, Children 6-12 $2.00 (under 6 are free)


* From I-64 in Norfolk take Exit 282 for Route 13 North - Northampton Blvd.

* Take the exit for Route 60 - Shore Drive and turn right

* After crossing into Seashore/First Landing State Park turn left into the west gate of Fort Story. BE PREPARED TO SHOW ID to get onto the Fort.

Phone: (757) 422-9421

Website: http://www.cr.nps.gov/maritime/nhl/capehenr.htm
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