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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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  • Average11%
  • Poor2%
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583 Atlantic Ave, Fort Story, Virginia Beach, VA 23451-8048
+1 757-422-9421
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

First let me say, be prepared for the fact that the Lighthouse is on a military base and it’s a process to go to but it’s worth it. Second, pay the $8 to climb to the top. We didn’t realize until we got there that...More

Thank Ncwinequeen
Reviewed 2 days ago

First off, be prepared!!! This lighthouse is on an active naval base. You and your vehicle will be required to be checked out. You have to step out of your vehicle and pop the hood. It will be inspected. They look in and around your...More

Thank janelle h
Reviewed 6 days ago

Cape Henry Lighthouse is located on the Fort Story military base so be prepared to provide your ID, car registration, and proof of auto insurance. They will also ask you to open all car doors, trunk, hood, console, and glove box for an inspection. Be...More

1  Thank Kidsaregone65
Reviewed 1 week ago

Took advantage of a Groupon to bring some visitors to learn about colonial history and enjoy the sights. The lighthouse has an interesting history including George Washington's involvement. A hike to the top allows some interesting sights as well a walking to the cross and...More

Thank vagolferbob
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you like to walk around old light houses this is a nice one. Climb the steps to the top and enjoy a great view of Virginia Beach. Hint go find a Groupon to make this visit even more worth the trip.

Thank Greg D
Reviewed 1 week ago

Probably one of the few places to see 2 lighthouse in the same place, the original built in 1792, and it's replacement built in 1881. Be prepared to go thru a bit of security to get on the Fort Story military base were the lighthouses...More

1  Thank R A
Reviewed 1 week ago

We climbed to the top! Love the history here. Beware that you are on an active millitary base and your car will be searched.

Thank smmartin
Reviewed 1 week ago

We have always wanted to come here and see the lighthouse and learn the history. The experience was well worth the visit. I suggest everyone to put this on your "to do" list!

Thank Carol F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The lighthouse is on Fort Story so you go through an active Coast Guard station and military base. The lighthouse is nice to look at but the spiral stairs are really steep, with no intermittent landings, ending in a ladder to the top. It's not...More

Thank DogWorld
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The first work of the new U.S. Federal government, the first Cape Henry lighthouse was built of Aquia and Rappahannock sandstone by John McComb, Jr. and was completed in October,1792. McComb was one of the architects involved in the construction of New York City Hall...More

Thank AllenVirginiaBeach
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17 July 2017|
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Response from Max F | Reviewed this property |
Yes, just make sure you have some identification on you.
3 October 2016|
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Response from Cody J | Reviewed this property |
Not directly, no. Since the lighthouse is on military property, you have to have some way to access the base. If a cab driver was military, e.g. retired, it might be possible, but I don't know how they handle that situation... More
4 March 2016|
Response from PreservationVirginia | Property representative |
Thank you for your inquiry. General admission is $8, Preservation Virginia members are free. We offer military, AAA, student and senior discounts. Pets are not allowed up the dune or in the tower. Service animals are welcome.