Cape Henry Lighthouse
Virginia Beach, VA - Ft. Story - Cape Henry Lighthouse - The Cape Henry lighthouse has long served to protect and guide vessels entering and leaving the Chesapeake Bay. Today two lighthouses stand at Cape Henry, guardians to the gateway of the Chesapeake Bay. They have been placed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places and have been designated as a National Historic Landmark.
The original lighthouse was the first construction project authorized by the new United States under is fledgling Constitution. Build of stone by John McComb Jr. it was completed in October of 1792 at a cost of $17,700. During the civil war it was damaged by Confederate forces and repaired by Union forces to provide navigation services into the Chesapeake Bay. In 1881, after concerns arose about the stability of this lighthouse, a second lighthouse was built. The old Cape Henry Lighthouse remained standing acting as a daylight marker for triangulation. Today this old Cape Henry Lighthouse is owned and operated by Preservation Virginia. This lighthouse is opened to the public on a seasonal schedule.
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