Cape Henry Lighthouse

Cape Henry Lighthouse

Virginia Beach, Virginia

The new Cape Henry Lighthouse built in 1881 to replace the aging original, stands in the shadow of its predecessor still marking a safe path into the Chesapeake Bay.

1881. Active; focal plane 164 ft (50 m); three flashes every 20 s: two short flashes followed by one long (7 s) flash; red sector covers dangerous shoals. 164 ft (50 m) octagonal cast-iron-clad brick tower, original 1st order Fresnel lens. Unusual daymark: alternating black and white vertical bands; lantern is black. The 2-story brick principal keeper’s house and two 1-1/2 story wood assistant keepers’ house buildings are all standing; one is currently in use as an Army residence.

Old Cape Henry Lighthouse still stands not far away.

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