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“Something Old And Pretty.”

Cape Henry Lighthouse
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Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Stairs / lift, Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Cleveland, Ohio
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63 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Something Old And Pretty.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2014

In order to get to the lighthouse which is inside a military base, you have to pass through strict inspection of your car registration/insurance and drivers license. I thought it was cool. There is a minimal fee to enter the lighthouse which starts inside the small gift shop filled with souvenir trinkets and gifts. My husband and I missed the small group tour but we enjoyed having all the time to appreciate the base of the lighthouse as well as the climb up. There is a great view of Chesapeake Bay at the top. It was fascinating.

Visited April 2014
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“Lots of Steps”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2014

We stepped all the way to the top. You have to go on Ft. Story to get the lighthouse. Ft. Story is a military base, so you will have to go through a security check point that includes a complete vehicle inspection. be prepared. It's also $8 to walk up the steps to the lighthouse.

Visited June 2014
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Cleveland, Ohio
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Lighthouse fan”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2014

A must see for anyone who enjoys lighthouses and American history. Worth the hassle of getting on base -make sure to have ins proof registration and dr lic. Guides were very informative and friendly. View from the top is splendid - make sure to go on down and check out the first landing site. Great pics of the old and new lighthouse together.

Visited June 2014
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Lakeland, Florida, United States
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42 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“What a View”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2014

The lighthouse is located on the Fort Story military base. Upon arrival to the lighthouse there is a small gift shop with unique & historical gifts. There is a short climb to the base of the lighthouse. At the base of the historical lighthouse you have a great view of the currently operated lighthouse and military base. The climb to the top is on a metal spiral staircase. Once at the top of the historical lighthouse you have a great view of the water and other areas of the military base.

Visited May 2014
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East Greenwich, Rhode Island
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11 reviews
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“Old Cape Henry Light”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2014

Have been going there for years and never get enough. Actually there is a new Cape
Henry Light just across the road. However, it is not open to the public. Joseph McDonough

Visited March 2014
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