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Fort Monroe in Hampton, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Old Point Comfort Light

 
 
Old Point Comfort Light Marker image. Click for full size.
By PaulwC3, May 15, 2014
1. Old Point Comfort Light Marker
Inscription.  The lighthouse, built in 1802, is the oldest standing structure at Fort Monroe. It remains an active navigational aid, the property of the U.S. Coast Guard. During the War of 1812, the tower was used as a lookout by a British invasion force while they attacked Washington. The adjacent house was the lightkeepers' quarters until the light was automated in 1973 when the house became Army property.
 
Erected 1988 by Department of Conservation and Historic Resources. (Marker Number W-93.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraCommunicationsWar of 1812Waterways & Vessels.
 
Location. 37° 0.095′ N, 76° 18.386′ W. Marker is in Fort Monroe in Hampton, Virginia. Marker is on Fenwick Road 0.3 miles east of Ingalls Road, on the left when traveling east. The lighthouse is closed to the public. But viewable from Fenwick Road. Parking is available at the nearby Engineer Wharf Fishing Pier parking lot. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Monroe VA 23651, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance
Wide view of the Old Point Comfort Light Marker image. Click for full size.
By PaulwC3, May 15, 2014
2. Wide view of the Old Point Comfort Light Marker
The Old Point Comfort lighthouse (1802) and lightkeeper's house (1900) stand in front of the walls and moat of Fort Monroe.
of this marker. Battery Irwin (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Engineer Wharf (about 300 feet away); Fort Monroe Seawall History (about 300 feet away); Jefferson Davis Memorial Arch (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named Fort Monroe Seawall History (about 300 feet away); Battery Parrott (about 300 feet away); Fort Monroe History (about 300 feet away); An Enduring Legacy? (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Monroe.
 
Also see . . .
1. Old Point Comfort Lighthouse, Lighthousefriends.com. (Submitted on August 19, 2019.)
2. Fort Monroe (Stone Fort) National Register of Historic Places Registration Form. (Submitted on August 19, 2019.)
3. Fort Monroe National Monument, National Park Service. (Submitted on August 19, 2019.)
 
Old Point Comfort Light Marker image. Click for full size.
By Nancy Hann, January 18, 2021
3. Old Point Comfort Light Marker
This lighthouse is also designated as Stop # 11 on the Fort Monroe Self-guided Walking Tour.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 27, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 19, 2014, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia. This page has been viewed 683 times since then and 22 times this year. Last updated on January 19, 2021, by Nancy Hann of Chesapeake, Virginia. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 19, 2014, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.   3. submitted on January 19, 2021, by Nancy Hann of Chesapeake, Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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