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Old Cape Henry Lighthouse

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Address: 583 Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23459
Phone Number: 757 422 9421
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Activities: Hiking
Description: Take a recommended drive to the oldest government-built lighthouse in...
Take a recommended drive to the oldest government-built lighthouse in America.
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Beautiful Area...getting on base is uncomfortable.

The lighthouses themselves are beautiful. Adjacent to each other. Not as iconic as many in the Outer Banks...they have their own special charm. You can only climb up the older... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
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Great Bridge, Virginia, United States
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Great Bridge, Virginia, United States
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

The lighthouses themselves are beautiful. Adjacent to each other. Not as iconic as many in the Outer Banks...they have their own special charm. You can only climb up the older brick one (dated from 1792).. Even the so called "new" one you cannot climb was built in 1881. These lighthouses are very near where the English first landed before making... More 

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Virginia Beach Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

It was well worth the view when we got there, historic,beautiful, and nice people. Getting in was more difficult but it is understandable since its a military base.

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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

Great destination and historically significant light house. Well worth the trip from the madness of Atlantic Avenue.

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Waukesha, Wisconsin
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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

Kind of a pain in the butt to get into military base but worth it. have proof of car title, insurance up to date proof, they will search your whole car. 191 steps to top of lighthouse but great view from the top. very friendly at counter shop and can answer your questions. Lots of steps for this old man... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

As a great lover of lighthouses Old Cape Henry is a must see!!! When you visit the Old Cape Henry Lighthouse you will be able to see two lighthouses for the price of one, because the New Cape Henry Lighthouse is just yards away. Old Cape Henry was the first lighthouse erected after the Revolutionary War. In fact, this public... More 

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Grandville MI
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24 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015 via mobile

I enjoy seeing lighthouses if there are any close to where I'm vacationing. Thus the trip to see "Old" Cape Henry Lighthouse" located at Fort Story, VA. It is open to the public, but be prepared to show your ID, Car registration and proof of insurance as well as having your car inspected. You are allowed,for an $8 fee, to... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015 via mobile

We had attempted and didn't realize we needed ids. We tried agsin and had showed them originally our rental agreement. But they then wouldn't let us in because we had declined the rental insurance since it was covered on our homeowners and our credit card

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Lillington, NC
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44 reviews 44 reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

A trip to Fort Storey to view the two Cape Henry Lighthouses is a must part of your trip to the beach. You can go into the 'Old" lighthouse and take a ladder all the way to the top. Old Cape Henry light was built in 1792 by John McComb, Jr. and is the oldest lighthouse on the Bay. It... More 

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Tappahannock, Virginia
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53 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

Access to site is limited by being in a military compound and visitors have to id and have their car searched. Attractive and historical structure of remarkable stone construction - the old lighthouse. The new lighthouse is not open to the public. Take the stairs to the top for a beautiful 360 degree view of the approaches to the Chesapeake... More 

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Smithfield, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

This is a grand old lighthouse sitting just yards from the new lighthouse. Great view Be aware the lighthouses are located on an active military base (Ft .Story) and requires extensive security check and vehicle inspections prior to entry.

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