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The Chesapeake Bay : History Happened Here

Cape Henry in Peace and War

 
 
The Chesapeake Bay : History Happened Here Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 16, 2010
1. The Chesapeake Bay : History Happened Here Marker
Inscription. Directly to the east is Cape Henry, which along with Cape Charles, define the entrance to the Chesapeake Bay. Both "old" and "new" Cape Henry lighthouses are visible.
In September, 1781 the waters off Cape Henry witnessed two-and-a-half hours of naval warfare. That month, America's ally France sent ships to deny an English fleet access to the Bay. This battle off the Cape allowed General George Washington to finish the siege of Yorktown, Virginia. The British Army could not be rescued.
The new United States government built the old Cape Henry Lighthouse in 1792, its first federal work project. The light, which cost $17,700 to construct, ensured safe sailing commerce on the Virginia and Maryland coasts. Almost 100 years later a new lighthouse was built of steel for safety reasons. It opened in 1881.
 
Erected by Hampton Roads Naval Museum Local History World Events.
 
Location. 36° 57.979′ N, 76° 6.728′ W. Marker is in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Marker is on Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel (U.S. 13), on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Virginia Beach VA 23455, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies.
The Chesapeake Bay : History Happened Here Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 15, 2010
2. The Chesapeake Bay : History Happened Here Marker
A different marker also named The Chesapeake Bay : History Happened Here (a few steps from this marker); Tribute to Admiral de Grasse (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Chesapeake Bay : History Happened Here (within shouting distance of this marker); Lucius J. Kellam, Jr. (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Chesapeake Bay : History Happened Here (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Chesapeake Bay : History Happened Here (within shouting distance of this marker); Adam Thorowgood (approx. 4.2 miles away); Pearl Harbor Memorial (approx. 4.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Virginia Beach.
 
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The Chesapeake Bay : History Happened Here Marker image. Click for full size.
By History Happened Here Marker
3. The Chesapeake Bay : History Happened Here Marker
The Chesapeake Bay : History Happened Here Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 16, 2010
4. The Chesapeake Bay : History Happened Here Marker
Cape Charles image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 15, 2010
5. Cape Charles
Cape Henry image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 9, 2010
6. Cape Henry
Cape Henry Lighthouses "Old" and "New" image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 9, 2010
7. Cape Henry Lighthouses "Old" and "New"
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 564 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   2. submitted on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.   3, 4. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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