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Preservation Virginia

583 Atlantic Ave., Fort Story, VA 23459 Directions
Today 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM All Hours
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Head on over to Fort Story's Cape Henry Lighthouse, VA today and enjoy a thrill of a lifetime. This place is a place you'll love to visit, so don't wait around, give them a call today!

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Report | 7 months ago
The lighthouse was beautiful and the ladies in the gift shop were amazing and friendly.
Report | a year ago
It was a nice tour! The lighthouse is being renovated and we were not able to go up, but the viewing area was nice.
Report | a year ago
The lighthouse is being restored and will be finished shortly. We were not allowed to go in, however the staff made it a great visit and answered many questions about the area and the lighthouse. It was a beautiful day and a nice quick visit. Very professional and friendly staff.
Report | a year ago
Was not able to go into lighthouse. Lighthouse is on an army base so they take your IDs and make you take a shuttle. If you still want to go, I would buy tickets at the visitor center, they charge $5 per person
Report | a year ago
Great afternoon outing!
Report | a year ago
Enjoyed the visit and loved the Groupon discount.
Report | a year ago
This was a great destination to visit. The volunteer guides were very friendly, and shared a lot of interesting information. The gift shop was neat as well.
Report | a year ago
It’s always fun to take out-of-town guests to see the lighthouses. Excellent daytime outing.
Report | a year ago
We had a great time! The climb was great! Gave the kids a workout lol..
Report | a year ago
Great restoration! Love the view.

From Our Editors

If Cape Henry Lighthouse was a history book, its authors would be two of the nation's founding fathers. President George Washington authorized the lighthouse's creation and Alexander Hamilton oversaw its construction in 1791. Renowned architect John McComb brought their vision to reality, finishing the job in 1792 to produce not just a lighthouse, but a symbol of how the fledgling American government could protect its citizens.

The lighthouse performed the role of protector beautifully. For nearly a century, it stood sentinel over the coasts of Virginia and Maryland to ensure the safety of incoming ships and giant bottles filled with hundreds of letters from Europe. The lighthouse was finally replaced in 1881, but it wasn't finished. In 1930, Preservation Virginia took over the building, giving the public access to climb its twisting iron stairs.

Today, families still gaze out from the observation deck, soaking in 360-degree views of the water and surrounding forests. Meanwhile the staff–most of whom have been guides for years–happily answer questions about the lighthouse's history.

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