Guests learn about the lighthouse’s 200+ year-old past and enjoy scenic ocean views
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What You'll Get
Choose Between Two Options
- Two General Admission Tickets with Walking Tour
- Four General Admission Tickets with Walking Tour
Visitors to the 72-foot-tall Old Cape Henry Lighthouse enjoy a day amid the rich, salty Chesapeake Bay air, exploring a towering remnant of America’s early post-colonial government.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires 120 days after purchase. Amount paid never expires. Site may be closed during thunderstorms or extreme heat, so call ahead. Reservation required one week in advance for groups of 12+. Visitors over 16 must provide photo ID for entry. Children cannot be carried up stairs. Backpacks/frontpacks not permitted on stairs. Must have proof of insurance and updated vehicle tags to enter base. Valid for admission and choice of Walking Tour or Tower Climb. Tower Climb will be under construction and unavailable September 2018-March 2019. Subject to weather. Limit 5 per person. Limit 5 per visit. Not valid toward gratuity. Valid only for option purchased. 3 feet, 6 inches height min. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Cape Henry Lighthouse
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.