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Historic Lighthouses and Light Stations in Virginia


The year in parentheses refers to the year in which the light was first lit in the existing tower.


Cross-section drawing of lighthouse and attached keeper's house

Assateague Light (1867)

Location: South end of Assateague Island


Cape Charles Light (1895)

Location: Smith Island/Chesapeake Bay entrance


Cape Henry Lights (1792/1881)

Location: South side of Chesapeake Bay entrance


Chesapeake Light (1965)

Location: 14.5 miles east of Cape Henry


Jones Point Light (1856)

Location: Potomac River/Jones Point Park
George Washington Memorial Parkway


New Point Comfort Light (1806)

Location: Entrance to Mobjack Bay


Newport News Middle Ground Light (1891)

Location: Hampton Roads Harbor


Old Point Comfort Light (1802)

Location: Entrance to Hampton Roads Harbor


Smith Point Light (1897)

Location: Entrance to Potomac River


Thimble Shoal Light (1914)

Location: Entrance to Hampton Roads


Wolf Trap Light (1894)

Location: Lower Chesapeake Bay


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