Last updated: 7/20/2017
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Street Address
583 Atlantic Avenue
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
Mailing Address
204 W. Franklin Street
Richmond, VA 23220
Hours
January 3 - March 15
Daily10 AM - 4 PM
March 17th - October 31
Daily10 AM - 5 PM
November 1 - December 30
Daily10 AM - 4 PM
Closed on March 16th for the Shamrock Marathon, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Day and New Years Eve and Day and January 2nd.
Admissions

Note to Our Visitors: The Cape Henry Lighthouse is located within Fort Story military base. To visit the lighthouse, you must pass through the security gates of Fort Story at 89th Street and Atlantic Avenue. Please have identification including a picture with you for all visitors aged 16 years or older. This ID should be a student or state or Federal issued ID card. Proof of vehicle insurance and current vehicle registration is also required for admission to Fort Story Military Base.The security personnel have the right to examine your car before issuing a pass to enter the military base and visit the lighthouse. While we apologize for the inconvenience, we respect the military's interest in force protection. The security guards are courteous and efficient, but please allow a few extra minutes for entry into the site. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Adult Group: $5 (call for info) /// Youth Group: $5 (must be 42 inches tall, call for info)

Adults (13 & over): $8
Seniors (55 +): $7
Military: $7
Preservation Virginia Members: free
Youth 12 and under (must be 42 inches tall): $6
AAA: $7
Services
Gift Shop
Group Tours
Staff
Jennifer Hurst-Wender, Director of Museum Operations and Education
phone: 804-648-1889
Nancy Dabney, Site Coordinator
phone: 757-422-9421
Description

The first federally funded lighthouse, was built to guide maritime commerce at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. It is standing near the “First Landing” site where English settlers arrived in 1607. It has stood sentinel since it was completed in 1792. Authorized by George Washington and overseen by Alexander Hamilton. Designed by New York architect John McComb. In active use for nearly a century before being replaced by a new cast iron lighthouse still standing nearby. It is one of the oldest surviving lighthouses in the United States.

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.

During the summer months, the temperature at the top of the tower can reach extreme levels. Cape Henry Lighthouse will close the tower when the temperature inside reaches 110°. Visitors will still be able to walk to the top of the dune and shop in the museum store. Winter weather advisories also may effect the opening of the lighthouse. If you have questions about closings call 757-422-9421.

History

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.

Services

Gift Shop

Group Tours

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