The Cape Henry Lighthouse is a lighthouse at Cape Henry, the landform marking the southern entrance to Chesapeake Bay in the U. The original lighthouse was the first authorized by the U. A second lighthouse was built and completed in 1881 a short distance away after concern arose about the stability of the first. Federal government, the first Cape Henry lighthouse was built of Aquia and Rappahannock sandstone by John Mc Comb, Jr. Mc Comb was one of the architects involved in the construction of New York City Hall and would design other lighthouses. The location has long been important for the large amount of ocean-going shipping traffic for the harbors, its rivers, and shipping headed to ports on the bay. It was also the first federal construction project under the Constitution, for an original contract amount of ,200 (an additional ,500 was required to finish the lighthouse).The older lighthouse was acquired in 1930 by Preservation Virginia (formerly known as the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities).
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The lighthouse is open to the public and a fine view can be enjoyed from its observation platform.
It was designated a National Historic Landmark on January 29, 1964.
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