Category Archive: Heritage-Virginia

Jones Point

The Lyceum Museum, Alexandria, VA. Photo by A. Pasek.

In 1852 Congress approved $5,000 to acquire land and build a small lighthouse at Jones Point on the Potomac River just south of the city of Alexandra, Virginia. The land was purchased from the Manassas Gap Rail Road in 1855. The light was first lit on May 3, 1856. The builder of the light was …

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Chesapeake Light Tower

The Chesapeake Light Tower stands 13 miles offshore in the Atlantic Ocean off Virginia Beach. This steel, “Texas style” tower was built in 1965 and is 120 feet tall. The tower is supported by four 33 inch concrete filled steel pilings driven 180 feet into the ocean bottom. This so-called Texas tower was an adaptation …

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Cape Henry (New) Lighthouse

The original Cape Henry Light was completed in 1792. By 1872 the old tower had developed cracks in the walls and it was decided to rebuild. It was not until 1875 that Congress appropriated $75,000 “for rebuilding and remodeling the lighthouse at Cape Henry.” The new cast iron 170 foot tower was completed in 1881. …

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Cape Henry (Old) Lighthouse

A provision for building a lighthouse at Cape Henry, at the entrance to Chesapeake Bay, was made by Congress on March 26, 1790. The amount was for $24,076.66. The light was to be an octagonal structure with three windows in the east and four windows in the west rising 72 feet from the water table …

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Cape Charles Lighthouse

The first lighthouse at this site was completed in 1828. It was a 60 foot masonry tower that was painted white. In 1856 $35,000 was appropriated for a new tower. Work started in 1860 and at the start of the Civil War was only 83 feet tall. The Confederates raided the site and destroyed the …

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Assateague Island

In 1833, the original Assateague Lighthouse was established on Assateague Island at a cost of $55,000. In 1867, a new lighthouse was built on a land bluff that was thrity-one feet above mean low water and positioned on the southerly part of Assateague Island. The lighthouse replced the original lighthouse whose tower’s height proved not …

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