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Cape Henry Lighthouse

583 Atlantic Ave, Fort Story, Virginia Beach, VA 23451-8048
+1 757-422-9421
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Preservation Virginia acquired the Cape Henry Lighthouse in 1930 when Congress deeded the house and 1.77 Acres of land to the organization in order to preserve it and make it accessible to the public. Over the years lighthouse and its surroundings have been restored including repairing the lantern after damage from Hurricane Barbara in 1953, repairing the damaged original Aquia sandstone and restoring the surrounding dunes. Today, visitors to the Cape Henry Lighthouse can climb to the top of the tower to enjoy spectacular views of the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean.
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583 Atlantic Ave, Fort Story, Virginia Beach, VA 23451-8048
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"gift shop"
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"car registration"
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"worth the climb"
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"spiral staircase"
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"military installation"
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"car searched"
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"easy climb"
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"landing site"
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The history, and the walk to the top, I did have to stop once for a min. to get to the top but it was worth it. Great view also. I'm 75 but I made it!!

Thank Alice S
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Stopped at the lighthouse as a last minute decision. Was surprised to learn that this actually on Fort Story and that there were two lighthouse. After climbing the stairs to get to the lighthouse, I was a little concerned how I would make it to...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

Excellent view of Cape Henry area. Can get some great pictures of the area. It's not that difficult of a climb.

Thank travelguy108
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We ended up in the wrong location using the directions feature from trip advisor. Please correct. We will have to visit it another day.

Thank Nathan V
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Reviewed 6 days ago

As the first public works project by the newly established United States of America, this lighthouse stands as a great monument. Not only that, but it is near the beach of the First Landing by the English. Later, they founded the first colony, Jamestown. Located...More

Thank Byron S
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I had my state DL & my car registration -- but they wouldn't let us in because I didn't have proof of insurance. Ridiculous.More

Thank Jim A
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PreservationVirginia, Manager at Cape Henry Lighthouse, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

We’re sorry to hear that you didn’t have a pleasant experience getting through security on base. While the new policy can be a bit of an inconvenience for visitors, it was put in place by Joint Expeditionary Base Fort Story to protect national security, which...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had fun learning about this building and climbing to the top for some great views it is worth going make sure to bring your rental car agreement so you can get into the gate on the military base

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Very worthwhile to take the time. Lots of history. Stairs going up to lighthouse are worth the trip. The view is so cool

Thank staleylarry
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited lighthouse with a family of six. Lighthouse is on a military base so allow about 10-15 minutes to pass security clearance and make sure everyone who is driving age has ID. Very helpful people in the museum shop and a great view from the...More

Thank mtown27
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our tour guide, Todd (I think), was full of knowledge and helpful facts. He knew everything about everything! The views from the top were great. I will say it was very hot at the top of the lighthouse 100+ degrees, so go on a cool...More

3  Thank JaronTip
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kayakermom
April 5, 2018|
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Response from Annette B | Reviewed this property |
I had my dog with me and left it in the car. There are no restrictions with bringing dogs on base.
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ianbender
March 27, 2018|
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Response from Annette B | Reviewed this property |
If you don't have military identification your vehicle may have to go through an inspection.
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countryroots
July 17, 2017|
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Response from Max F | Reviewed this property |
Yes, just make sure you have some identification on you.
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