Today two lighthouses stand at Cape Henry, guardians to the gateway of the Chesapeake Bay. They have been placed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places and have been designated as a National Historic Landmark.
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.
Cape Henry Lighthouse is the first federally funded public works project of the newly formed United States government. It was authorized by George Washington and overseen by Alexander Hamilton. The Lighthouse is situated near the “First Landing” site where English settlers first set foot on their way to settle in Jamestown.
Learn more about the two lighthouses located at Cape Henry within the Fort Story military base in Virginia Beach. Explore the Cape Henry Lighthouse open to the public, a designated National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark, offering exceptional views from the observation deck.
Off the beaten path piece of history. A 2 lighthouse location, the first federally funded lighthouse open for paid access and the current lighthouse, area off limits. A bonus is access to a quiet dunes beach picnic area. It is located on an active military facility with full military security.
A new beginning. The end of a journey. Home. Each stair leads to a story and the 191 steps leading to the top of Virginia Beach’s Cape Henry Lighthouse, at the corner of the Chesapeake Bay District and the Oceanfront District, are no exception.