Category: Old Point Comfort

Keeper Bio: Lee, Alexander G.

Date of Service: 1880-1884 1835: Born in Virginia. 1880: In the US Census, Alexander G. Lee (age 45) lives in Hampton, VA., with his wife Nellie (age 50), and two sons. His occupation is lighthouse keeper. 1880-1881: Served as Assistant Keeper at Old Point Comfort Lighthouse, VA. His salary was $400/year. 1881-1882: Served as Second …

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Keeper Bio: Jones, John Bradford

Date of Service: 1878-1908 1841: Born a slave in York County, VA. 1860s: Married Sarah “Sal”, a free slave. 1870: In the US Census, John B. Jones lives in the Old Point Area of Virginia with his wife Sarah and their two children. His occupation is listed as a bartender. 1878-1908: Served as Principal Keeper …

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Keeper Bio: Davis, William Roscoe

Date of Service: 1870-1878 1812: Born near Norfolk, Virginia on Todd’s Farm to the son of a white sea captain & enslaved woman of mixed race. 1837: Marries Nancy Moore 1861-1865: William and his family flee to Fort Monroe to seek self emancipation. 1870-1878: Served as Principal Keeper at Old Point Comfort Lighthouse, VA. His …

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Timeline: Old Point Comfort Lighthouse

(Located on East Mellen Street, in front of Fort Monroe, facing the Chesapeake Bay, north side of the entrance to Hampton Roads, VA – Revised – 04/26/13) 1802/1803 54 foot octagonal cut-stone tower built by Elzy Burroughs – 2nd oldest lighthouse on the Bay; location- Fort George. 1812 British troops capture Fort George and use …

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Old Point Comfort Lighthouse

This light is the second oldest lighthouse on the Chesapeake Bay. It was first lit in 1802 on the grounds of Fort George, the fort that was there prior to the current Fort Monroe. The 54 foot tall light was built by Elzy Burroughs who also built the New Point Comfort light located up the …

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