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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.)
 
Location. 37° 0.095′ N, 76° 18.386′ W. Marker is in Hampton, Virginia. Marker is on Fenwick Road 0.3 miles east of Ingalls Road, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. The lighthouse is closed to the public. But viewable from Fenwick Road. Parking is available at the nearby Engineer Wharf Fishing Pier parking lot. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Monroe VA 23651, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Engineer Wharf (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fort Monroe Seawall History (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named Fort Monroe Seawall History (about 300 feet away); Fort Monroe History
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.
(about 300 feet away); Fort Monroe Concrete Seawall Eastern Terminus (about 500 feet away); First Africans in Virginia (about 600 feet away); Lantaka (about 700 feet away); Spanish 1-½ Pounder (about 700 feet away).
 
Also see . . .  Old Point Comfort Lighthouse - National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form. (Submitted on May 20, 2014, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.)
 
Categories. Waterways & Vessels
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 19, 2014, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia. This page has been viewed 550 times since then and 53 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 19, 2014, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.
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