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Cape Henry Lighthouse

583 Atlantic Ave, Fort Story, Virginia Beach, VA 23451-8048
+1 757-422-9421
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Preservation Virginia acquired the Cape Henry Lighthouse in 1930 when Congress deeded the house and 1.77 Acres of land to the organization in order to preserve it and make it accessible to the public. Over the years lighthouse and its surroundings...more
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583 Atlantic Ave, Fort Story, Virginia Beach, VA 23451-8048
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+1 757-422-9421
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"military base"
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"light house"
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"fort story"
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"gift shop"
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"car registration"
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"worth the climb"
in 30 reviews
"spiral staircase"
in 29 reviews
"military installation"
in 23 reviews
"driver's license"
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"check point"
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"security checkpoint"
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"car searched"
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"rental agreement"
in 13 reviews
"easy climb"
in 11 reviews
"landing site"
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"photo id"
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Reviewed yesterday

As others have said the Lighthouse is on an active naval base, so security it tight, but understandable, and administered with the minimum of fuss. the lighthouse is a piece of history worth visiting, and views from the top (after many stairs) are good. Overall...More

Thank Jim H
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Reviewed yesterday

Wife and I visited this lighthouse in May 2018. I believe there were 161 steps to the top. The views at the top were quite scenic.

Thank Michael A
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Very nice lighthouse and a piece of history. The fact that there is a lighthouse is not obvious at the base entrance so we had to ask for information from others who confirmed that we were indeed not lost. As we were on bicycles, there...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

National Historic landmark, The original lighthouse was the first authorized by the U.S. government, dating from 1792. It was also the first federal construction project under the Constitution. The black and white lighthouse was built in 1881. There is a restoration project in place now...More

Thank debD3S
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Another awesome place to sight see while in VA Beach. Since it is on a military base, you need to comply with the Rules for entering/exiting. I climbed all 191 Steps and took beautiful photos from the TOP. A must see!

1  Thank I2783CElindah
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Security at the gate are a pain - it is an active base, they don't have much of a sense of humor! We were in a rental car & caught some hell because we didn't have answers right away. However, once you get past that...More

Thank TeffyLynn22
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The security goof at the gate was downright hostile, as if our visit were an imposition on him. "Papers please" for myself and wife, registration, insurance on the car. It's a rental car, so we don't have all that stuff. Problems. "Oh, and do you...More

Thank buccaneer357
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I enjoyed our stop to the Cape Henry Lighthouse. As other reviewers have mentioned, please make sure everyone has their ID, if you are in a rental car have the paperwork, and an unexpired copy of your insurance card. Lucky for us - my friend...More

Thank Crazy4Casinos
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

At the gate before the lighthouse: Military Policeman (MP): DO YOU KNOW YOU'RE ON AN ACTIVE MILITARY BASE?! Me: I'm looking for a lighthouse museum. MP: DO YOU KNOW YOU ARE AT AN ACTIVE MILITARY BASE?! Me: No, I'm just looking for a museum. MP:...More

1  Thank holybagpipes
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Took some out of town guests to the lighthouse during their visit. It is a historical location, and there are informative plaques both along the stairs up the hill to the lighthouse as well as at the lighthouse itself. Different than many other sites to...More

Thank John P
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kayakermom
6 April 2018|
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Response from boolbada | Reviewed this property |
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ianbender
27 March 2018|
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Response from francoish27 | Reviewed this property |
The lighthouse does have a website in which there is an extensive section on documentation required to gain access to Fort Story.
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countryroots
17 July 2017|
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Response from Max F | Reviewed this property |
Yes, just make sure you have some identification on you.
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