New Cape Henry Lighthouse

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New Cape Henry Lighthouse

 Cape Henry (2)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. C.M. Hanchey’s photo is at right, Marinas.com has aerial photos, and Google has an aerial view. In 2001, the Coast Guard conducted a test of fuel cells as the lighthouse energy source. In late 2005, the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities (now Preservation Virginia) announced it was seeking an agreement with the Coast Guard to manage and interpret the light station; this could lead to opening the tower and keeper’s houses to the public. So far no agreement has been obtained. Located across the street from the old tower (see previous entry). Site and tower closed, but the lighthouse can be seen at close range from the old light. Owner/site manager: U.S. Coast Guard. ARLHS USA-121; Admiralty J1408; USCG 2-0370. -The Lighthouse Directory

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