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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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History at it's finest!

My husband and I went to Cape Henry Lighthouse today. Beautiful view from the top and lovely view in the memorial park further down the road. Cost us $7.00 each (we are over... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

My husband and I went to Cape Henry Lighthouse today. Beautiful view from the top and lovely view in the memorial park further down the road. Cost us $7.00 each (we are over 55yrs., $1.00 more if not) It is on an active military base so have your identification , proof of insurance, and registration ready. They will check your... More 

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Thank Marywendus
San Diego, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was the first public works project of our young nation. It is amazing to see the workmanship and the view from the top is breathless.

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Thank Suzy B
Emerald Isle, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Would definitely not recommend if you have problems climbing stairs, but the view from the top is incredible, and the lighthouse itself is beautiful.

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Thank Megan S
Toledo, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

All lighthouses are worth the trip. This is post 9-11 and being on an active military base there is a security checkpoint. Several steps up to the light and of course many more inside if you want to climb it which may not be an option on days above 90 or so. On site parking and gift shop. There are... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago 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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Thank Lady800cc
Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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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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