Love of Lighthouses North American Lighthouses: Cape Henry

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Name: Cape Henry

Location (State or Province): Virginia

Date Established: Original tower 1792, current tower 1881

Markings: New tower: octagonal, alternates between white and black on its various faces, and midway up this pattern is offset by one face, producing a checkerboard-like effect.

Range: 18 nautical miles

Posted by Windigo on Mar 17, 2010 1:20 PM CST:
Travel Instructions:
From Virginia Beach, take Route 60 (Atlantic Avenue) north. Route 60 will turn west near Fort Story, but continue straight on Atlantic Avenue into Fort Story. The lighthouse will be on your left about a mile after entering the fort. There will likely be an extensive security check to enter Fort Story, and you may be required to provide picture identification for those 16 years of age and over and possibly proof of insurance for your vehicle.

The lighthouse is open: November 1 to March 15, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., March 16 to October 31 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The entire site is closed Thanksgiving Day, December 24, 25, 31, & January 1, while the gift shop is open with the lighthouse closed December 1 to January 5. Call (757) 422-9421 for current information.

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