Fort Story, Virginia
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old towers so close together is a rare treat for lighthouse lovers.
The second Cape Henry Lighthouse was built in 1881 after large
cracks were detected in the original Cape Henry Lighthouse. Still
standing more than a century later, the original Cape Henry Lighthouse,
built in 1792, is the third oldest in the United States and the
oldest on the Chesapeake Bay.
lighthouse's 92-foot sandstone tower rests atop a 56-foot dune.
This octagonal tower has a 26-foot diameter at its base tapering
to a 16-foot diameter at the top. In 1939, this lighthouse was
chosen as the site for ceremonies commemorating the sesquicentennial
of the U.S. Lighthouse Service.
lighthouse here also is octagonal. It is easily distinguishable
from the first lighthouse by its unique color scheme: each side
of the tower is half black and half white in an alternating pattern
of vertical stripes. This cast-iron 156-foot tower sits almost
at sea level, making it seem similar in height to the original
lighthouse on the hill about 100 yards away. Now automated, it
remains an important lighthouse.
can be visited by heading to the north end of Virginia Beach or
south out of Norfolk on U.S. Highyay 60. They are in Fort Story,
an active military post. The old lighthouse tower is open for
© 1999 Terry White, Drawing © 1999 Bill Harrah