Timeline: New Point Comfort

(Located at entrance of Mobjack Bay, 21 miles north of Old Point Comfort, Mathews County, VA. Visible from Observation deck. )

1804 58-foot octagonal cut-stone tower, 3rd oldest lighthouse on the Bay built by first keeper, Elzy Burroughs.

1865 4th-order Fresnel lens installed.

1868 Extensive repairs completed.

1900 Rail fence & plank walkways installed around tower & dwelling.

1919 Light partially automated. Keeper’s house torn down. Keeper resigns.

1930 Light completely automated.

1933 Hurricane creates channel; separates NPC from the mainland.

1963 Automated beacon placed 1,050 yards offshore.

1968 CG discontinues all maintenance; abandons station.

1972 Lighthouse added on Register of VA Historic Landmarks.

1975 Lighthouse deeded to Mathews County, VA.

1981 $80,000 in structural repairs by NPC preservation group.

1994 Vandals damage lighthouse.

2004 New pier constructed at lighthouse.

Source: Bay Beacons by Linda Turbyville and Lighting the Bay – Tales of Chesapeake Lighthouses by Pat Vojtech

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