Get an up close look at the Cape Henry Lighthouse with the help of an expert

Posted at 5:10 AM, Aug 02, 2016

FORT STORY, Va.- The Cape Henry Lighthouse is one of the oldest surviving lighthouses in the country with a deep history that goes right back to our Founding Fathers.

Standing near the "first landing" site where English settlers arrived in 1607, the lighthouse was finished in 1792.  It is the first ever federally funded lighthouse that was built to guide maritime commerce in the Chesapeake Bay.

The idea was authorized by George Washington and the actual construction was overseen by Alexander Hamilton.

Anyone is able to come visit the historic site. It's open for walk-throughs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day. However, because the lighthouse is located on Fort Story military base, be prepared with a license and car registration.

Admission for visitors 13 and older is $8, but there are group discounts.

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