U.S. Coast Guard
This lighthouse is the tallest of its type in the U.S.
Tower Height: 163
Height of Focal Plane: 164
Characteristic and Range: 3 white flashes every 20 seconds (two short flashes followed by a 7-second flash), red sector
Description of Tower: Octagonal masonry tower covered by iron plates, with alternating black and white vertical stripes.
This light is operational
Two-story wood frame keeper's house, two assistant keeper's houses, oil house, sheds.
Date Established: 1792
Date Present Tower Built: 1881
Date Automated: 1984
Optics: 1881: First order Fresnel lens (still in use).
Current Use: Active aid to navigation.
Open To Public? No.
This lighthouse is located near Fort Story and the first Cape Henry Lighthouse. The grounds are not open to the public, but it can be seen from the old tower, within Fort Story off Route 60 in Virginia Beach.
Listed on the
National Register of Historic Places