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Address: 583 Atlantic Ave, Fort Story, Virginia Beach, VA 23451-8048
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Preservation Virginia acquired the Cape Henry Lighthouse in 1930 when...

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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Cool piece of history

Be prepared to enter a military base. ID required and probably a vehicle search. With that being said the visit was worth the hassle. There are almost 200 steps if you want to... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 19 March 2016
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New Windsor, Illinois, United States
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New Windsor, Illinois, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 March 2016

Be prepared to enter a military base. ID required and probably a vehicle search. With that being said the visit was worth the hassle. There are almost 200 steps if you want to climb to the top. Awesome view from up there.

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Westchester, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 March 2016

Great historical property. There are several signboards outside giving the history of the area with historical pictures, too. There is a treasure hunt activity for kids to do as they explore the lighthouse to keep them engaged.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2016

After finally finding this lighthouse it was worth the hunt. The views are beautiful and learning the history was fascinating. Being afraid of heights made the walk up a little scary but seeing this historical structure made up for it.

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South Chesterfield
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 March 2016

Cape Henry Lighthouse is worth the visit. It is located on Fort Story and you can actually climb up to the tower and see out over the Atlantic Ocean. And there are areas along the shore that you can park and walk out and sometimes see the dolphins.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 March 2016 via mobile

Keep in mind this is on a military base so proper ID is required to enter base and only military have access to the beach. This lighthouse is the oldest and first lighthouse constructed in the US. To be able to not only visit the site, but also climb to the top of the tower was really special. I love... More 

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Unionville, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 March 2016

We stopped in during the off-season and were truly impressed with the lighthouse. We made the climb to the top and the view was amazing. If you're going to visit be prepared. The lighthouse is on an active military base, so you'll need to go through the security checkpoint on the way in. They'll ask for id and registration and... More 

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 March 2016

On Saturday the lighthouse closed at 4. We arrived at 3:35. There is a steep flight of stairs up to the landing with a beautiful of the newer lighthouse, the base and ocean. The steps up the light house are wrought-iron and are evenly spaced. The climb up was steep and then you get to a landing where you climb... More 

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2016

There are actually two Cape Henry Lighthouses, essentially side-by-side. They are located within the Ft. Story military base (joint army/navy expeditionary base). You will have to go through security, have your car searched, and get a pass. There are boardwalks which offer a view of the Atlantic Ocean. The "historic lighthouse" is not open to the public. At present, the... More 

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Hague, Virginia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2016

This is located on a military base. When we arrived it took FOREVER to get someone to come and give us clearance to enter. It was like nobody knew what to do. We finally made our way to the light house parking area. The walk to the light house is interesting. You have to climb up a path of stairs... More 

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Windsor, PA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 March 2016

We were looking for sites to see on a budget and found Cape Henry Lighthouse. It is on an active military base so you will go through security to drive onto the base. It is a hike to get up the 191 steps to get to the top of the lighthouse but well worth it for the view. There was... More 

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