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Near Chester in Chesterfield County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Lightkeeper’s House

The lights of Dutch Gap

 
 
The Lightkeeper’s House Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, February 9, 2009
1. The Lightkeeper’s House Marker
Inscription. The foundation is all that remains of the lightkeeper’s house. The lightkeeper had to live on site to maintain the gas-powered lights which were once located on the bluff. Lights were constructed after the first Dutch Gap channel was completed in 1872 because of the narrow, winding river channel which was treacherous for navigation especially at night and in foul weather.

Today ocean-going ships serving the Port of Richmond carry over 500,000 tons of cargo yearly to northern Europe, the Caribbean and Canada. In addition, ships and barges transport oil, sand, gravel and construction materials from private wharves on the James.

This high level of commerce on the James and the fact that large vessels can completely fill the channel necessitates recreational vessels to be conscious of safety and take precautions to stay safe distances from large ships.
 
Erected by Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network.
 
Location. 37° 22.584′ N, 77° 21.6′ W. Marker is near Chester, Virginia, in Chesterfield County. Marker can be reached from Henricus Park Road 1.3 miles east of Coxendale Road. Click for map. The marker is located in Henricus Historical Park 300 yards north of the parking lot. Marker is at or near this postal address: 251 Henricus Park Road, Chester VA 23836, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Foundation of the Lightkeeper’s House at Dutch Gap Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, February 9, 2009
2. Foundation of the Lightkeeper’s House at Dutch Gap
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Church of Henricopolis (a few steps from this marker); Henricopolis (a few steps from this marker); Henricus Historical Park (within shouting distance of this marker); John Smith Explores the Chesapeake (within shouting distance of this marker); Dutch Gap Canal (within shouting distance of this marker); USCTs At Dutch Gap (within shouting distance of this marker); The Bermuda Hundred Campaign (within shouting distance of this marker); Changes Over Time (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Chester.
 
Also see . . .
1. Henricus Historical Park. (Submitted on February 15, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
2. Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network. (Submitted on February 15, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
3. National Park Service. Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network (Submitted on February 15, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

4. Dutch Gap Conservation Area. (Submitted on February 15, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
 
Categories. Waterways & Vessels
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 641 times since then and 51 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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