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Cape Henry Lighthouse, Virginia Beach

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The Cape Henry Lighthouses are a pair of lighthouses at Cape Henry, the landform marking the southern entrance to Chesapeake Bay in the U.S. state of Virginia. The location has long been important for the large amount of ocean-going shipping traffic for the harbors, its rivers, and shipping headed to ports on the bay. The original lighthouse was the first authorized by the U.S. government, dating from 1792. It was also the first federal construction project under the Constitution, for an original contract amount of $15,200 (an additional $2,500 was required to finish the lighthouse). A second lighthouse was built and completed in 1881 a short distance away after concern arose about the stability of the first. Both towers of the light station were designated a National Historic Landmark in 1970.

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  • We did a NC coast Light House venture. This area is so beautiful and the drive down the coast was wonderful. I would highly suggest visiting the area. 
    We did a NC coast Light House venture. This area is so beautiful and the drive down the coast was wonderful. I would highly suggest visiting the area.  more »
  • I was skeptical at first after reading all the reviews about the hassle/effort it takes to actually make it there…but glad I went…though there is some truth to those reviews. They open at 10... 
    I was skeptical at first after reading all the reviews about the hassle/effort it takes to actually make it there…but glad I went…though there is some truth to those reviews. They open at 10...  more »
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  • So fun! We thoroughly enjoyed our trip to see the Cape Henry Lighthouses. The older lighthouse is open to the public and there is a small fee to climb to the top. They offer student, military, and senior discounts. Staff was friendly and knowledgeable. It is on a military base so keep that in mind. They provide a shuttle but if you have a military ID they will let you through with no issues.
  • Grounds are beautiful. Only had about 45 minutes for everything because we got there a little late. Definitely should go if you get a chance. Costs $10 to climb 198 steps of the old lighthouse

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