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Near Port Haywood in Mathews County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
New Point Comfort Lighthouse
 
New Point Comfort Lighthouse Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, April 25, 2010
1. New Point Comfort Lighthouse Marker
 
Inscription. Standing at the end of what was once the southernmost peninsula in Mathews County, now surrounded by water, the lighthouse marks the entrance to Mobjack Bay. Authorized by Congress in 1801, this 55-foot-high sandstone tower with its spiraling stone steps to the lighthouse cage, was built in 1805 by Elzy Burroughs, the first keeper. Except for a brief time during the Civil War, the light operated from 1806 until 1963. It is the third-oldest lighthouse still standing on Chesapeake Bay. A keeper's dwelling once stood next to the lighthouse on a five-acre tract.
 
Erected 1996 by Department of Historic Reources. (Marker Number N 89.)
 
Location. 37° 19.884′ N, 76° 17.17′ W. Marker is near Port Haywood, Virginia, in Mathews County. Marker is at the intersection of Lighthouse Road (Route 600) and Old Bayside Drive (Virginia Route 14), on the right when traveling east on Lighthouse Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Port Haywood VA 23138, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Kingston Parish (approx. 6.1 miles away); Captain Sally L. Tompkins, C.S.A. Monument (approx. 6.1 miles away); Fort Cricket Hill (approx. 7.3 miles away); Civil War In Mathews County (approx. 7.3 miles away); Mathews County Confederate Monument (approx. 7.3 miles away); Captain Sally L. Tompkins, C.S.A. (approx. 7.3 miles away); Mathews County Courthouse Square (approx. 7.3 miles away); Fitchett's Wharf (approx. 7.8 miles away).
 
Point Rd (facing east) Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, April 25, 2010
2. Point Rd (facing east)
 

 
Also see . . .
1. New Point Comfort. (Submitted on April 26, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
2. New Point Comfort Light. Wikipedia article about New Point Comfort Lighthouse. (Submitted on April 27, 2010, by Jeff Conner of Norfolk, Virginia.) 
 
New Point Comfort Lighthouse at Mobjack Bay Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, April 25, 2010
3. New Point Comfort Lighthouse at Mobjack Bay
In 1933, a hurricane washed away the remains of a land connection leaving the tower isolated.
 
 
New Point Comfort Lighthouse Photo, Click for full size
United States Coast Guard
4. New Point Comfort Lighthouse
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on April 26, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 674 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 26, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
 
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