Cape Henry Lighthouse

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Expert guides regale guests with tales of the lighthouse’s 200+ year-old past on tour that affords scenic ocean views

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Promotional value expires Sep 26, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 5 per person. Limit 5 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Must be 42" or taller. Visitors over 16 must provide photo ID for entry. Children may not be carried up stairs. Backpacks or frontpacks not permitted on stairs. Subject to weather and temperature. Max 20 people per tour group. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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  • $8 for two walking tour tickets including tower admission (up to a $16 value). Tours run at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday through Friday and at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
  • $15 for four walking tour tickets including tower admission (up to a $32 value)<p>

Experienced guides whisk visitors back in time through the lighthouse’s storied past, relaying historical anecdotes and pointing out significant sites from the lighthouse’s panoramic observation deck.<p>

Cape Henry Lighthouse

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.

Customer Reviews

We had a great time!
Angela W. · October 9, 2012
Enjoyed the lighthouse and National Park. The tour guide was well informed and welcomed questions. Entry to the base was quick and easy. Will visit again with our grandkids.
Patricia C. · October 1, 2012
Beautiful view
Jennifer S. · September 30, 2012

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