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Name: Cape Henry Light (new)  

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Nearest Town or City:
Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States

Location: Entrance to Chesapeake Bay

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Photo: Larry Nohe

Managing Organization:
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

Other Buildings?
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

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