Tour the Cape Henry Lighthouse, the first federally funded lighthouse and first federal works project of the United States. The Cape Henry lighthouse was built in 1792, authorized by George Washington and overseen by Alexander Hamilton. Cape Henry sits next to the "First Landing" site where the English arrived in 1607, prior to settling Jamestowne.
Self-guided tours take place every day and our historic interpreters discuss the history of the area, lighthouse, military, and do STEM-related topics.
The Cape Henry Lighthouse is located within the Fort Story military base. To visit the lighthouse, you must state you are visiting the lighthouse to pass through the security gates of Fort Story. Proof of vehicle registration and insurance is required, as well as a government-issued form of identification for all persons over the age of 16. Weapons of any kind are prohibited. State concealed weapons permits are not valid. Children must be 42" tall to climb.
Cape Henry Lighthouse will be closed until spring 2021
Beginning Friday, December 11, Bacon’s Castle, Smith’s Fort, Patrick Henry’s Scotchtown, the John Marshall House and Cape Henry Lighthouse will close for the 2020 season.
With COVID-19 numbers and positivity rates steadily rising in Virginia and in abundance of caution to ensure the health and safety of our guests and staff, Preservation Virginia has made the difficult decision to cease guided tours of five of our historic sites.
We wish you and your family a healthy and safe New Year and the best this winter. We look forward to seeing you in person again in 2021.
January 1 - March 15: 10:00-4:00pm
March 16 - October 31: 10:00-5:00pm
November 1 - December 31: 10:00-4:00pm
Please note climbs stop 30 minutes prior to closing