Preservation Virginia

583 Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach, VA 23451 583 Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach Directions
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Great visit! As being French we enjoyed the tour with a student in a French major! This was really funny :) Also the view is amazing on top of the lighthouse.
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Very neat stop!
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Such a beautiful place. Just a tip to make sure you have your license, registration and insurance card as you're entering a military base and they will search your vehicle. The climb up was easy, and the shopkeepers were very friendly.
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Great time, great views - well worth the trip!!
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Love this place, going to the top was amazing!
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It was good. It's on a military base so you have to go through check points. Also alot of walking
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Fabulous views of VA Beach, the Atlantic and the Chesapeake Bay. Well worth the climb.
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Small lighthouse, easy climb even for those not into exercise. Just take your time. Enjoyed making ghost sounds all the way up. My grandkids had a blast.
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short tours begin after Memorial Day but the staff are friendly & helpful
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Definitely a must see while in the Virginia Beach area... Oldest public works project in the USA!!!
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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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