Preservation Virginia

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583 Atlantic Ave., Fort Story, VA 23459 583 Atlantic Ave., Fort Story Directions
Today 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Closed All Hours
+17574229421
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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 | 8 days ago
Wonderful people and such an awesome exp
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Report | 8 days ago
Very interesting. The location is nice to enjoy the outdoors
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Report | 10 days ago
Reasonably priced gift shop, friendly employees, good Groupon discount, interesting historical site.
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Report | 11 days ago
Really neat lighthouse but be warned you are entering an active military base so you must have drivers license/ID for all people in your vehicle, registration and insurance. Vehicle will be searched.
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Report | 11 days ago
I love history!
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Report | a month ago
A great piece of our heritage . Friendly and very knowledgeable staff. Make sure to ask about the bunker and the whale oil. Will do again.
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Report | a month ago
Greatview. Be sure to visit the other historical sites nearby too.
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Report | a month ago
Great customer service, excellent experience!
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Report | 2 months ago
It's a great place for the family to get a piece of history with a view to remember!
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Report | 2 months ago
We enjoyed being able to go up into the old lighthouse and learning about the erosion that has occurred around the lighthouse. It was cool inside which was fine because once you got to the top you were glad it was unlike in the summertime when it's blazing hot. Be ready to check in at the military guard gate. No weapons allowed inside. Enjoy it and take a camera!!!
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In 1791, Alexander Hamilton–hoping to enhance trade and safety along the coasts of Virginia and Maryland–contracted renowned architect John McComb to design a lighthouse at the mouth of Chesapeake Bay. McComb quickly fulfilled his duty in 1792, with the illumination of Cape Henry Lighthouse’s inaugural flame lit by the lighthouse’s first keeper, who was appointed by George Washington himself. In the centuries since the octagonal tower cast its first guiding beam across the bay, the Cape Henry Lighthouse stood sentinel over the coast and ensured the safety of incoming ships and immigrating krakens until it was replaced in 1881. Stewards of the lighthouse’s past, Preservation Virginia, ensured in 1930 that the inoperative structure and surrounding lands were reopened to the public and maintained for the enjoyment of future generations.

Today, visitors ascending the twisting iron stairs step out to the window-enclosed observation deck, drinking in 360-degree views of the water and surrounding verdant forests. A team of passionate and knowledgeable staff–most of whom have been guides for years–remain on hand to answer questions relating to the lighthouse’s history and how lighthouse keepers stave off land invasions of ghost sea captains.

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