Preservation Virginia

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583 Atlantic Ave., Fort Story, VA 23459 583 Atlantic Ave., Fort Story Directions
Today 10:00 AM - 4:00 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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    10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Report | 9 hours ago
The workers should not redeemed customers vouchers without informing that the lighthouse is closed due to inclement weather.
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Report | 3 days ago
Lighthouse was closed due to high temps - so we could only go in tha base of it but couldn't climb up. Also had to get through military security. The staff were polite and knowledgeable though
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Report | 10 days ago
Enjoyed our visit!
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Report | 11 days ago
Go early. Gets too hot later in day.
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Report | 12 days ago
Go early to avoid crowds. Be sure to have vehicle registration, insurance info and id's ready to enter the base, as well as no firearms/ammunition, etc, as vehicles are searched upon entering. Definite must-see if in the area!
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Report | 13 days ago
In 1961-1963 I spent two years in the Army's Transportation Corps which was then based in Fort Story, VA. Good memories!. SP4 C. Sanchez
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Report | 15 days ago
If it's hot outside, call ahead just to check and make sure you can actually go inside the lighthouse. It was 95 degrees the day I went, so everyone was told they couldn't go into the lighthouse, only the base of it because it was 132 degrees inside of the lighthouse!
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Report | 15 days ago
When hot out call ahead to make sure lighthouse is open
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Report | 16 days ago
On a military base
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Report | 23 days ago
The lighthouse is pretty cool! Since it was my 2nd time going, I went dressed with my swimsuit under my clothes so we can go to the beach on base right across from the lighthouse. It was a really fun time.
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From Our Editors

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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