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“Where The Atlantic Ocean and Chesapeake Bay Meet”

Cape Henry Lighthouse
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Dune Restoration Project in Progress The dune at Cape Henry Lighthouse is currently undergoing restoration and the lighthouse tower is temporarily inaccessible for climbing. The project is expected to be completed in spring 2019. During construction, we will remain open with walking tours every hour from 10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Cape Henry Lighthouse is the first federally funded public works project of the newly formed United States government. It was authorized by George Washington and overseen by Alexander Hamilton. The Lighthouse is situated near the “First Landing” site where English settlers first set foot on their way to settle in Jamestown. Built with the same Aquia sandstone as much of Washington, D.C, the lighthouse guided sea travelers to safety for almost 100 years. The distinctive black and white striped “New” Cape Henry Lighthouse was built in 1881 but remains closed to the public.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Stairs / elevator
Reviewed May 9, 2013

Two lighthouses, one location. Bonus indeed. I've traveled from Lube, Maine to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, photographing lighthouses, and the two here, while not my favorites, are definitely must see lighthouses for any lighthouse enthusiast. If you're there on a day Old Cape Henry can be climbed, by ALL means do it. The view is breathtaking, and you're looking at where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Chesapeake Bay.

Date of experience: June 2012
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

My husband and I viewed the light house by water, on a sit seeing tour. This is one of the light houses we would have missed on our trip. I;m so thankful we did get to see it.

Date of experience: April 2013
Thank jherold05
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

We hit lighthouses wherever we can, and this one was average compared to the houses in the outer banks but it's still another one off our list.

Date of experience: April 2013
Thank Marlene S
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

This is the first lighthouse ever built in the United States. It is located inside Ft Story. Luckily we have a Military Family. It has been a long time since I have visited this site. Our Running team used to run here and all along the old wooden boardwalk to Camp Pendleton. The gift shop is quaint and the cashier and manager are knowledgeable. You pay a fee for climbing to the top of this historical lighthouse. Across the street is another lighthouse,which works and is barricaded from visitors. Worth the nominal fee. Don't miss it!

Date of experience: June 2012
Thank JettlaggedHoo
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Reviewed April 30, 2013

An awesome sight with more incite into our history. Didn't know that this was the first lighthouse built in America. Also, the workers at the gift shop, Amy & Lois, were extremely courteous and helpful. An all around very pleasant side trip.

Date of experience: April 2013
Thank Carol V
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