The Cape Henry Lighthouse on Chesapeake Bay

Visit Virginia Beach’s Most Historic Attraction

Standing near the Jamestown settlers’ first landing site, the Cape Henry Lighthouse is one of Virginia Beach’s most iconic historical attractions. Built to guide maritime commerce at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, this famous structure is one of the oldest surviving lighthouses in the U.S. It’s also a great place to enjoy spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean and Chesapeake Bay, while getting an unforgettable glimpse at America’s storied past.

Long important for ocean-going shipping traffic in the Chesapeake Bay, Cape Henry Lighthouse was authorized by George Washington and the U.S. government in 1792. Since that time, it’s undergone several renovations, while maintaining the bulk of its original architecture and splendor. Measuring 16 feet at its top and 26 feet in diameter at its base, the Cape Henry Lighthouse reaches approximately 90 feet in height, and features an observation platform, which provides stunning views of the surrounding ocean and landscape.

Add a visit to the nearby First Landing State Park for an even more intriguing historical experience at two of the most historic and iconic attractions in Virginia, both located minutes from our hotel on the Virginia Beach oceanfront.