This, first federal lighthouse, was constructed as Congressional Act #9. It is amazing it has withstood the 221 years of weather, only losing its top once. The 1880 replacement across the way is still in use. There are rock breaker walls on the shore to keep the beach intact. There is a small fee to climb the 191 steps to the top, for maintenance, which is entirely fair. It's also fair if you are going through an active military base that you have to deal with security, get used to it and be prepared. This national historical monument is really cool. It's hard to imagine a light that could be seen for 15 miles in the late 1790s. Great stop!