Cape Henry is a small bit of land that juts into the Chesapeake Bay seen below. The water above is the Atlantic Ocean. The water below is the bay.
This was the spot where English settlers actually touched America for the first time in 1607. They named it Henry after King James’ son, and then they traveled farther across the bay to settle Jamestown.
In 1791 this was a major area for travel and shipping. It was chosen as the very first place for the American government to fund a light house:
The original house became so obsolete they had to stop using it, which means now we have the honor and privilege to go inside. The view from the top is breathtaking:
With the old one being out of commission, a modern one stands close by, still working as a light for the bay traffic.
If you’re ever in the area, feel free to swing by and have a look. But bring your ID – it sits on land belonging to Fort Story, an Army training camp for amphibious warfare. They searched our car with a metal detector and said we couldn’t touch anything else on base.
But even so, the view was worth it.
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