Discover Virginia: Cape Henry Light House

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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.

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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.

these giant tankers are not carrying oil - they pull Appalachian coal to be sold to China and Europe. Appalacian coal is the most dense on earth and produces the most energy per unit.

this new structure is off limits to the public

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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0 responses to “Discover Virginia: Cape Henry Light House

  1. lowtechgrannie

    Gorgeous! Candance, did you take the Chesapeake Bay Tunnel Bridge to get there? I’ve been on it twice in my life, once in December and again in July. I loved driving on it — miles long without a sight of land!

    • Candance Moore

      We live on south side, so we didn’t have to take the bridge. If you really zoomed in these photos you could see the bridge in the far background.

  2. Just beautiful…thanks for sharing!


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