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Cape Henry Lighthouse

583 Atlantic Ave, Fort Story, Virginia Beach, VA 23451-8048
+1 757-422-9421
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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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  • Average11%
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583 Atlantic Ave, Fort Story, Virginia Beach, VA 23451-8048
+1 757-422-9421
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Reviewed yesterday

This is the oldest lighthouse built by the United States. It is on a Military Base, Fort Story and you have to go through the gate. They inspect your vehicle and you must sign a form to get onto the base in order to see...More

Thank mnew4
Reviewed 2 days ago

Cape Henry lighthouses are on Fort Story! First Landing is also there. Make sure you read the historic panels.

Thank Pamela T
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This is very close to VB ... fascinating history. You can climb to the top of the Old Lighthouse which has spectacular views! If you are in VB, take some time to visit the lighthouse and the “First Landing” site and memorial!

Thank Till1017
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

First let me say, be prepared for the fact that the Lighthouse is on a military base and it’s a process to go to but it’s worth it. Second, pay the $8 to climb to the top. We didn’t realize until we got there that...More

Thank Ncwinequeen
Reviewed 1 week ago

First off, be prepared!!! This lighthouse is on an active naval base. You and your vehicle will be required to be checked out. You have to step out of your vehicle and pop the hood. It will be inspected. They look in and around your...More

Thank janelle h
Reviewed 1 week ago

Cape Henry Lighthouse is located on the Fort Story military base so be prepared to provide your ID, car registration, and proof of auto insurance. They will also ask you to open all car doors, trunk, hood, console, and glove box for an inspection. Be...More

1  Thank Kidsaregone65
Reviewed 1 week ago

Took advantage of a Groupon to bring some visitors to learn about colonial history and enjoy the sights. The lighthouse has an interesting history including George Washington's involvement. A hike to the top allows some interesting sights as well a walking to the cross and...More

Thank vagolferbob
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you like to walk around old light houses this is a nice one. Climb the steps to the top and enjoy a great view of Virginia Beach. Hint go find a Groupon to make this visit even more worth the trip.

Thank Greg D
Reviewed 1 week ago

Probably one of the few places to see 2 lighthouse in the same place, the original built in 1792, and it's replacement built in 1881. Be prepared to go thru a bit of security to get on the Fort Story military base were the lighthouses...More

1  Thank R A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We climbed to the top! Love the history here. Beware that you are on an active millitary base and your car will be searched.

Thank smmartin
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July 17, 2017|
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Response from Max F | Reviewed this property |
Yes, just make sure you have some identification on you.
October 3, 2016|
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Response from Cody J | Reviewed this property |
Not directly, no. Since the lighthouse is on military property, you have to have some way to access the base. If a cab driver was military, e.g. retired, it might be possible, but I don't know how they handle that situation... More
March 4, 2016|
Response from PreservationVirginia | Property representative |
Thank you for your inquiry. General admission is $8, Preservation Virginia members are free. We offer military, AAA, student and senior discounts. Pets are not allowed up the dune or in the tower. Service animals are welcome.