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Cape Henry Lighthouse

583 Atlantic Ave Virginia Beach, VA 23459

(757) 422-9421

Region: North End, Virginia Beach

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The Cape Henry Lighthouse stands near the "First Landing" site of the Jamestown settlers, and was authorized by George Washington and overseen by Alexander Hamilton. Completed in 1792, the construction of the Cape Henry Lighthouse was one of the first acts of the newly formed Federal government. The lighthouse 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.

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Monday November 11th, 2019

Cape Henry Lighthouse

Today, all Veterans have free admission! Thank you for your service! #HappyVeteransDay🇺🇸 ... See MoreSee Less

Today, all Veterans have free admission! Thank you for your service! #happyveteransday🇺🇸

Sunday November 3rd, 2019

Cape Henry Lighthouse

Our hours have changed for the fall and winter seasons! We are open from 10:00-4:00pm every day. The last time for civilians to get through the base is at 3:15pm. Our last lighthouse climb is at 3:30pm. Walking tours are at 11:00am and 2:00pm everyday. ... See MoreSee Less

Our hours have changed for the fall and winter seasons! We are open from 10:00-4:00pm every day. The last time for civilians to get through the base is at 3:15pm. Our last lighthouse climb is at 3:30pm. Walking tours are at 11:00am and 2:00pm everyday.

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Ruth De Saint Leger

Thursday October 31st, 2019

Cape Henry Lighthouse

Make us your first stop before trick-or-treating and hear some spooky stories about the lighthouse! Have a Happy Halloween! ... See MoreSee Less

Make us your first stop before trick-or-treating and hear some spooky stories about the lighthouse! Have a Happy Halloween!

Tuesday October 29th, 2019

Cape Henry Lighthouse

After Shore Drive was created in 1941, a third gate for Fort Story was approved by the War Department. Despite the protests, contractors bulldozed trees and completed a two-lane road through the cypress swamp adjacent to the fence line. This gate is no longer an entrance point into Fort Story but is still visible on Shore Drive. ... See MoreSee Less

After Shore Drive was created in 1941, a third gate for Fort Story was approved by the War Department. Despite the protests, contractors bulldozed trees and completed a two-lane road through the cypress swamp adjacent to the fence line. This gate is no longer an entrance point into Fort Story but is still visible on Shore Drive.

Monday October 28th, 2019

Cape Henry Lighthouse

This map from 1955 shows Fort Story and Cape Henry. After the base expanded, the Army closed Route 60 through the post and created Shore Drive in 1941 to connect the North End and Chesapeake communities. Shore Drive was built through the Seashore State Park in a few months. Note the area of the state park is still referred to as “the desert.” ... See MoreSee Less

This map from 1955 shows Fort Story and Cape Henry. After the base expanded, the Army closed Route 60 through the post and created Shore Drive in 1941 to connect the North End and Chesapeake communities. Shore Drive was built through the Seashore State Park in a few months. Note the area of the state park is still referred to as “the desert.”

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Such a lovely ride now through First Landing State Park...used to be called Seashore State Park...on Route 60. Just a shame that the speed limit is 55. The “desert” is full of trees and birds!

Awesome

Thursday October 24th, 2019

Cape Henry Lighthouse

This photograph from 1903 is titled “one of the first trolley cars at Cape Henry.” The rail road was important to development at Cape Henry. Using the Norfolk Southern Railroad was the only way to get to Cape Henry unless you traveled the beach using horse and buggy. ... See MoreSee Less

This photograph from 1903 is titled “one of the first trolley cars at Cape Henry.” The rail road was important to development at Cape Henry. Using the Norfolk Southern Railroad was the only way to get to Cape Henry unless you traveled the beach using horse and buggy.

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Wonder if that car is somewhere in a warehouse, or if it met the scrap pile...

They should have kept the tracks that were beside pacific av.to fort story.and cape Henry Ac.to Norfolk

Light Rail!

Verne Mowers

Thursday October 17th, 2019

Cape Henry Lighthouse

Here’s a sneak video of some awesome footage at the New Cape Henry Lighthouse. We are looking forward to this documentary on lighthouses in the Chesapeake Bay! ... See MoreSee Less

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I visited the old lighthouse last year with my daughter and loved it. Any plans for the new Cape Henry opening for tours??

Thursday October 17th, 2019

Cape Henry Lighthouse

Good morning from Cape Henry! We are here very early this morning for a documentary being filmed on the Chesapeake lighthouses. Stay tuned for more information. #sunrise #lighthouses #chesapeakebay ... See MoreSee Less

Good morning from Cape Henry! We are here very early this morning for a documentary being filmed on the Chesapeake lighthouses. Stay tuned for more information. #sunrise #lighthouses #chesapeakebay

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Beautiful ❤️ I just got to visit in September and climb inside the 191 steps to the lantern room on top

Beautiful i hope to see it one day

Beautiful sunrise!❤

Beautiful sunrise! 🍁🍂🥰

Just stunning...

Beautiful!

So beautiful

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Wednesday October 9th, 2019

Cape Henry Lighthouse

We were very excited about the Willow Creek Retirement Living visit today! They are designing both Cape Henry Lighthouses out of gingerbread for a national competition in December. They have won first place the last two years after completing Monticello and St. Paul’s Church in Norfolk. Stay tuned for updated posts on their work! ... See MoreSee Less

We were very excited about the Willow Creek Retirement Living visit today! They are designing both Cape Henry Lighthouses out of gingerbread for a national competition in December. They have won first place the last two years after completing Monticello and St. Paul’s Church in Norfolk. Stay tuned for updated posts on their work!

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Cannot wait to see their work!

How exciting! Bet they win again.

Monday October 7th, 2019

Cape Henry Lighthouse

These artifacts were found during our archeological investigation in 2013. These pieces of clear glass recovered are believed to be part of the lighthouse lamp or lens. The curved brass pieces appeared to have held it in place. #archeologymonth #virginiaarcheologymonth ... See MoreSee Less

These artifacts were found during our archeological investigation in 2013. These pieces of clear glass recovered are believed to be part of the lighthouse lamp or lens. The curved brass pieces appeared to have held it in place. #archeologymonth #virginiaarcheologymonth
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Today, all Veterans have free admission! Thank you for your service! #happyveteransday🇺🇸
Our hours have changed for the fall and winter seasons! We are open from 10:00-4:00pm every day. The last time for civilians to get through the base is at 3:15pm. Our last lighthouse climb is at 3:30pm. Walking tours are at 11:00am and 2:00pm everyday.
Make us your first stop before trick-or-treating and hear some spooky stories about the lighthouse! Have a Happy Halloween!
After Shore Drive was created in 1941, a third gate for Fort Story was approved by the War Department. Despite the protests, contractors bulldozed trees and completed a two-lane road through the cypress swamp adjacent to the fence line. This gate is no longer an entrance point into Fort Story but is still visible on Shore Drive.
This map from 1955 shows Fort Story and Cape Henry. After the base expanded, the Army closed Route 60 through the post and created Shore Drive in 1941 to connect the North End and Chesapeake communities. Shore Drive was built through the Seashore State Park in a few months. Note the area of the state park is still referred to as “the desert.”
This photograph from 1903 is titled “one of the first trolley cars at Cape Henry.” The rail road was important to development at Cape Henry. Using the Norfolk Southern Railroad was the only way to get to Cape Henry unless you traveled the beach using horse and buggy.
Good morning from Cape Henry! We are here very early this morning for a documentary being filmed on the Chesapeake lighthouses. Stay tuned for more information. #sunrise #lighthouses #chesapeakebay
We were very excited about the Willow Creek Retirement Living visit today! They are designing both Cape Henry Lighthouses out of gingerbread for a national competition in December. They have won first place the last two years after completing Monticello and St. Paul’s Church in Norfolk. Stay tuned for updated posts on their work!
These artifacts were found during our archeological investigation in 2013. These pieces of clear glass recovered are believed to be part of the lighthouse lamp or lens. The curved brass pieces appeared to have held it in place. #archeologymonth #virginiaarcheologymonth
#Didyouknow the New Cape Henry Lighthouse has a First Order Fresnel Lens? Developed by French physicist Augustin-Jean Fresnel, his invention of the Fresnel Lens is said to have "saved a million ships." The First Order Fresnel Lens in the new lighthouse stands 12 feet tall and shines the letter "U" in Morse Code every 20 seconds.
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