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Fort Story, Virginia: 1792 Lighthouse: Climb to the Top

Climb nine stories to the top of an 18th century lighthouse and see -- the 19th century lighthouse next door.

Cape Henry Lighthouse

583 Atlantic Ave., Fort Story, VA
Cape Henry Lighthouse. From Virginia Beach drive north on Pacific Ave. Stay right to merge onto Atlantic Ave. Drive until you reach the Fort Story security gate at 89th St. Must have valid ID to enter, also vehicle insurance and registration.
Summer daily 10-5; fewer hours off-season. Closed in thunderstorms and high heat. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Adults $10.
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1792 Lighthouse: Climb to the Top

We weren't allowed through the gate. Guard advised us that this is an active military base.

[Kathy & Ron Summer 2021, 06/16/2021]

It's an attraction on an active base, with the usual gate admittance procedures. Lighthouse website proclaims in full caps, "WE ARE OPEN!"

1792 Lighthouse: Climb to the Top

Make sure your child is over 42 inches tall or they won't let you walk up the lighthouse -- even if you have your baby secure in a baby carrier. Also, the lighthouse is on a military base. Need ID to enter.

[Jessica, 07/22/2016]


Cape Henry Lighthouse

Cape Henry Lighthouse is the oldest lighthouse authorized by the U.S. government. Built in 1792, it was the first federal construction project under the Constitution. A second lighthouse was built near it in 1881 due to safety concerns from weather damage, as well as damage that occurred during the Civil War.

[Leo Cecil, 07/09/2016]

Despite its age and previous safety fears, the lighthouse is open to those willing to climb nine stories to the top.

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