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Cape Henry Lighthouse, Virginia Beach

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The Cape Henry Lighthouses are a pair of lighthouses at Cape Henry, the landform marking the southern entrance to Chesapeake Bay in the U.S. state of Virginia. The location has long been important for the large amount of ocean-going shipping traffic for the harbors, its rivers, and shipping headed to ports on the bay. The original lighthouse was the first authorized by the U.S. government, dating from 1792. It was also the first federal construction project under the Constitution, for an original contract amount of $15,200 (an additional $2,500 was required to finish the lighthouse). A second lighthouse was built and completed in 1881 a short distance away after concern arose about the stability of the first. Both towers of the light station were designated a National Historic Landmark in 1970.

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  • Have always loved lighthouses and this is an oldy but a goody built in the 1700's. Nice views from the top of Old Cape Henry Lighthouse of the New Cape Henry Lighthouse. Very knowledgeable staff that....  more
    Have always loved lighthouses and this is an oldy but a goody built in the 1700's. Nice views from the top of Old Cape Henry Lighthouse of the New Cape Henry Lighthouse. Very knowledgeable staff that....  more »
  • Amazing view from atop the old lighthouse. Been up this many times over the past 45 years and still interests me - climb getting a little harder though haha. Where good shoes of course. Security is... 
    Amazing view from atop the old lighthouse. Been up this many times over the past 45 years and still interests me - climb getting a little harder though haha. Where good shoes of course. Security is...  more »
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  • So fun! We thoroughly enjoyed our trip to see the Cape Henry Lighthouses. The older lighthouse is open to the public and there is a small fee to climb to the top. They offer student, military, and senior discounts. Staff was friendly and knowledgeable. It is on a military base so keep that in mind. They provide a shuttle but if you have a military ID they will let you through with no issues.
  • Grounds are beautiful. Only had about 45 minutes for everything because we got there a little late. Definitely should go if you get a chance. Costs $10 to climb 198 steps of the old lighthouse

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