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Address: 583 Atlantic Ave, Fort Story, Virginia Beach, VA 23451-8048
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+1 757-422-9421
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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Great for lighthouse lovers

We really enjoyed the visit. You have to do the"climb to the top". Neat views, plus it gives you a feeling for what it would be like to be a keeper. Check this out

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Reviewed yesterday NEW

We really enjoyed the visit. You have to do the"climb to the top". Neat views, plus it gives you a feeling for what it would be like to be a keeper. Check this out

Thank Eric P
Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Nice place to say you have been, I suppose. Just a couple of minutes away from the beach front and easily accessible. You can go in to the visitor's center and pay a couple of bucks to climb the lighthouse. View is pretty good.

Thank Tom D
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

There is nothing to do at this location. It does not appear to be a real tourist attraction. There is no one there to tell the story about the Lighthouse and I did not see any information available to me. Looks like the Army has more or less abandoned it.

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PreservationVirginia, Manager at Cape Henry Lighthouse, responded to this review

Max F, Hi! This is Jennifer, Director of Museum Operations for Preservation Virginia. Thank you for your comment. Cape Henry Lighthouse is owned and operated by Preservation Virginia, a non-profit organization. Though the lighthouse is located on an active military base, the lighthouse is privately owned. While we are proud of our interpretation and and our visitor experience, we would... More 

Columbia, South Carolina
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We stopped by Fort Story to explore the area last Sunday. When we saw the lighthouse, we decided to give it a whirl. The staff in the visitor's center was very nice, even commenting on where we are from. I wasn't sure I could make it up all the steps, but I did. There are 191 steps inside the lighthouse,... More 

Thank Stacie B
Ironton, Ohio
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We visited in the evenings and was a great time, so peaceful, and beautiful, great place for family pics

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Maysville, North Carolina
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A quick stop to learn about the history of the "First Landing" area. It is on an active military base but all you need is a valid ID and vehicle registration/insurance to go.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Make sure to have your id's ready. This is in a military base and you will have your car checked as well add your id's. The lighthouse was beautful. The kids enjoyed climbing all the stairs to the top for the breath taking views. Check Groupon for a deal! .

Thank crzymorgs4
Washington, D.C.
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Reviewed 1 week ago

nice short visit to the old Cape Henry lighthouse, and the second late 19th century lighthouse as well. o the military base, easy to access, pretty easy walk up the lighthouse to the top and nice views. first lighthouse authorized by the U.S. government, dating from 1792 (the old one).

Thank walton56
Syracuse, New York, United States
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My sister and I visited the Lighthouse with her two teenagers and a college friend. My nephew assured us we would never be able to make it to the top. That was all we needed to hear. We made it to the top. It was well worth the climb. Beautiful day and grounds, the staff in the gift shop was... More 

Thank Janice M
Alexandria, Virginia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

To visit this lighthouse you must go through security since it is located on an active military base, Fort Story. The military personnel was very friendly and efficient. We were told to step out of the car while they checked the entire vehicle, but it didn't take long, then we were given a pass that permitted us to stay up... More 

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