Maryland Blogger: Old and New Cape Henry Lighthouses, Virginia Beach, Virginia

Old and New Cape Henry Lighthouses, Virginia Beach, Virginia

Old and New Cape Henry Lighthouses, Virginia Beach, Virginia


My Facebook friend, Florence 'Flo' Womacks, shared this photograph of the old and 'new' Cape Henry Lighthouses in Virginia Beach, Virginia. They mark the entrance to the Chesapeake Bay. 

We have a painting of these lighthouses in our family room and this image reminds me of my walks on the beach when we lived on the Virginia Beach oceanfront for 18 years.


The first work of the new U.S. Federal government, the first Cape Henry lighthouse was built of Aquia and Rappahannock sandstone by John McComb, Jr. and was completed in October, 1792. McComb was one of the architects involved in the construction of New York City Hall and would design other lighthouses. The lighthouse's design was based on the 1767 Cape Henlopen Light. The lighthouse was damaged by Confederate forces during the American Civil War, but was repaired by Union forces in 1863, who depended on the light for navigation. In the 1870s, concerns about the condition and safety of the old Lighthouse at Cape Henry following a lightning strike that caused large cracks in the structure led to the construction of a new, taller, lighthouse at Cape Henry (pictured to the right) in 1881, which stands 350 feet to the northeast of the original tower. The old tower remained standing, used as a daymark and as a basis for triangulation. The lighthouse was fully automated in 1983 and remains in use today.

In 1798, Benjamin Latrobe visited Cape Henry Lighthouse and described it as "an octangular truncated pyramid of eight sides, rising 90 feet to the light..." The Old Cape Henry Lighthouse is 26 feet in diameter at its base, and 16 feet at its top. It was built with Aquia Creek sandstone from the same source as the White House.

The new lighthouse, 157 feet (48 m) tall, was built of cast iron and wrought iron, with a more powerful first-order Fresnel lens. Wikipedia



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Photograph by Florence 'Flo' Womacks
Old and New Cape Henry Lighthouses, Fort Story, Virginia Beach, Virginia USA

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Comment balloon 13 commentsRoy Kelley • September 24 2018 12:48AM


Good morning Roy. What a great photograph. Thanks for sharing. Enjoy your day! 

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) 2 months ago

I love this photo Roy.  Especially with the fins in the water in the foreground.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) 2 months ago

Interesting photo, Roy.  I'm with Gabe.  I like those fins in the water of the foreground.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) 2 months ago


Like you we enjoy lighthouses.  They remain a beacon of safety even with all our high tech gadger.  Nice photo.  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) 2 months ago

I love the photo. Thank you for sharing. Have a good day

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) 2 months ago

Looks like she's an excellent phtographer too Roy. I like lighthouse photos in the background, and like visiting them too.

Posted by Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Condo & Home Sale Specialists (The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803) 2 months ago

Thank you very much for your comments. It is always good to hear from you.

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) 2 months ago

A good Facebook group to join if you have an interest in photography. 

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Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) 2 months ago

Quite a picture and let's hope that those fins aren't sharks!

Posted by Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties (The Virtual Real Estate Team) 2 months ago

What a beautiful photo. I love going to get pictures of oir local light house and my favorite may be Cape Neddick ME.

Posted by Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents (Godzyk Real Estate Services) 2 months ago

Roy, what great looking lighthouses!   I was on a mission last month to see many of these.  We don't see them here.

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Your feedback is always welcome and is very much appreciated.

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