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Address: 583 Atlantic Ave, Fort Story, Virginia Beach, VA 23451-8048
Phone Number: +1 757-422-9421
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Preservation Virginia acquired the Cape Henry Lighthouse in 1930 when...

Preservation Virginia acquired the Cape Henry Lighthouse in 1930 when Congress deeded the house and 1.77 Acres of land to the organization in order to preserve it and make it accessible to the public. Over the years lighthouse and its surroundings have been restored including repairing the lantern after damage from Hurricane Barbara in 1953, repairing the damaged original Aquia sandstone and restoring the surrounding dunes.

Today, visitors to the Cape Henry Lighthouse can climb to the top of the tower to enjoy spectacular views of the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean.

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Get your step quota!!! This is Military grounds!!

Great view from the Lighthouse. BUT NOTE: The lighthouse is on the MILITARY BASE!! There is a check point and you must provide your license and vehicle insurance and registration... read more

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NJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Great view from the Lighthouse. BUT NOTE: The lighthouse is on the MILITARY BASE!! There is a check point and you must provide your license and vehicle insurance and registration to get in. GPS is not going to tell you this.

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

To get to this historical site you need to pass through an active military base. However do not let that deter you. The area is full of historic sites and as long as you keep to the scenic historic sites you will be fine. There is a fee associated with visiting the lighthouse but the rest of the sites are... More 

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Levittown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The site was very interesting and great for photos. Great views of the beach. There is a fee. One word of caution. This site is on an active military reservation. Visitors will go through strict security checks that make airport security look like walking on a play ground. Bring NO weapons or any suspicious items. Common sense. Overall the visit... More 

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Thank David H
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The old stone lighthouse is on the property of Fort Story, an active military base. You can see it but. . . you need ID even if you are on a bike, you need every document to be in order if you are driving, and the MP's limit access to anything other than the lighthouse. I think the way to... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We got there after it was closed. It is located on a military installation so only have access if it is open unless you have military access. Looks like there were many stairs to climb.

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Thank Tracey G
Virginia Beach, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I love lighthouses and this one is down the road from my house. The gift shop is cute. If it's too hot, you cant go inside.

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Thank LorrieLeedy
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Lighthouse is inside a military base(Fort Story?): guard meets you at enterence to fort, requiring you show your drivers license, car registration and current proof of auto insurance (we just got so flustered, holding up the enterence while we tried pulling out the required documents, that we gave up and left (what next: a blood test to view state monuments?)

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Unfortunately closed for climbing due to the heat, both lighthouses are beautiful. The gift shop is small, but has all the regular trinkets.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The original lighthouse is quite a ways from the current beach; it is interesting to see how much the landscape has changed since it was originally built. The lighthouse itself is slowly losing the sand surrounding it; visitors are asked to help replace it by carrying buckets of sand with them from the visitor's center to the lighthouse itself. Climbing... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Not a bad place at all. There are things you have to understand when coming here. It is on a military installation. There are height requirements for children and if the temp is over 90 I believe you can walk up but cannot enter the lighthouse. That being said it is an awesome part of our history and a nice... More 

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