Alexandria, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Jones Point Lighthouse
Shedding Light on a Landmark
—Jones Point Park —
Among the duties listed in the manual for the keeper were to keep a journal and log of expenditures, maintain the lighthouse and grounds, employ attendants,report wrecks, and "...be courteous & polite to all visitors..." This last duty was taken to heart by a one keeper:
"Year round, after Sunday morning obligations, citizens would gather in the buoy shed near the Light House. There...keeper Benjamin Potter Greenwood would listen to the recollections of those present. They would occasionally partake in a hand or two of poker—would finish off the visit with a bit of Maryland rye (Oxon Creek stills) or 'Virginia corn.'"
Unidentified Jones Point Lighthouse keeper and boy, circa 1905. Image courtesy of the Historical Society of Washington D.C.
The lighthouse lantern was outfitted with a fifth order Fresnel lens, which was new technology at the time. The beacon
Between 1910 and 1912, the Army Corps of Engineers infilled the cove at Jones Point. In 1926, a fully automated 60-foot steel tower with beacon was erected along the new coastline, replacing the obsolete lighthouse. Image courtesy of National Archives
Location. 38° 47.429′ N, 77° 2.488′ W. Marker is in Alexandria, Virginia. Marker can be reached from Jones Point Drive east of South Royal Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. This marker is north and west of the Jones Point lighthouse along the Jones Point interpretive trail. Marker is in this post office area: Alexandria VA 22314, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mistress Margaret Brent (within shouting distance of this marker); The Remarkable Margaret Brent (within shouting distance of this marker); D.C.'s First Building Block (within shouting distance of this First Original Federal Boundary Stone (within shouting distance of this marker but has been reported missing); The Nations Capital Begins Here 1791-1793 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Who Owns the River? (about 300 feet away); World Wars to the Present (about 700 feet away); The Emerging Nation (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Alexandria.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 10, 2012, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 658 times since then and 38 times this year. Last updated on October 12, 2012, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 10, 2012, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on August 2, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.