Cape Henry Lighthouse

We’ve tried to visit this lighthouse 3 other times and it’s always been closed. Today we FINALLY made it up to the top. 102 steps according to Zoë (she climbed it three times just to be sure 🤣). Neatest thing we discovered was that the sandstone used at the base was cut at the quarry right by our house (and we even taught the ranger how to properly pronounce Aquia)!!

Cape Henry Lighthouse is the first federally funded public works project of the newly formed United States government. It was authorized by George Washington and overseen by Alexander Hamilton. The Lighthouse is situated near the “First Landing” site where English settlers first set foot on their way to settle in Jamestown. Built with the same Aquia sandstone as much of Washington, D.C, the lighthouse guided sea travelers to safety for almost 100 years. Coolest part…we live 10 minutes from the quarry the stone came from!! #capehenrylighthouse

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