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Beautiful and Majestic – The Cape Henry Lighthouse

Last Updated: Thursday, August 30, 2018 by Virginia Beach

Everybody likes lighthouses right?

The Cape Henry Lighthouse has silently guarded the entry way into the Chesapeake Bay for years and years. Standing near the "First Landing" site of the Jamestown settlers where in 1607, Captain Newport raised a cross to offer thanks for their safe crossing of the Atlantic, the Lighthouse has stood sentinel since it was completed in 1792.

Authorized by George Washington and overseen by Alexander Hamilton, the construction of the Cape Henry Lighthouse was one of the first acts of the newly formed Federal government. The octagonal sandstone lighthouse was designed by New York architect John McComb and was in active use for nearly a century before being replaced by a new cast iron lighthouse still standing nearby. It is one of the oldest surviving lighthouses in the United States.

The Cape Henry Lighthouse

 

Preservation Virginia acquired the Cape Henry Lighthouse in 1930 when Congress deeded the lighthouse and 1.77 acres of land to the organization in order to preserve it and make it accessible to the general public. Over the years it has restored the lighthouse and its surroundings 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.  Don't miss this attraction while in the Virginia Beach area. There is so much to see that most families just keep coming back!

Get all the details here: http://preservationvirginia.org/visit/historic-properties/cape-henry-lighthouse

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