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Friday, August 15, 2008

Cape Henry Lighthouse

By Jennifer Hudson Taylor

This summer we had the pleasure of visiting the Cape Henry Lighthouses near Virginia Beach, marking the entrance to the Chesapeake Bay. These two lighthouses are on a military base, Fort Story, and the soldiers there really inspect your car inside and out. Everyone has to get out of the car and wait on the side while they check everything and run a mirror under your car.

The original lighthouse is now referred to as Old Cape Henry Lighthouse. It was built in 1791, as the first lighthouse authorized by the U.S. Congress. It remained in operation until 1881 when they built the new one. The old lighthouse is open to visitors for a small fee and is directly across from the new lighthouse. Above is a photo of the original lighthouse. It is made out of simple brick and was never painted.

The photo to the left is the entrance to the old lighthouse. My husband and daughter are standing on the steps leading into the base of it.

The photo below is of the stairwell on the inside. Notice how old the brick looks. There are cracks in the walls everywhere.

The new lighthouse is much taller and is painted in a black and white design. Since it is still in operation by the military base, it is not open to visitors. It makes a beautiful view from the top of the old lighthouse.


well its nice to know that you have great hits here.

We should have a great day today.

I love these lighthouses. My son had a project to do on lighthouses so we went to Cape Henry. This help start our love of lighthouses.