Cape Henry Lighthouse

Visitor Information

583 Atlantic Avenue
Fort Story, VA (Virginia Beach), Virginia 23883

Phone: 757422-9421
Hours: March 16th - October 31st 10am - 5pm November 1st - March 15th 10am - 4pm Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Day and New Years Eve and Day and January 2nd.

National Trust for Historic Preservation Member Discount: $1 off Admission prices. May be combined with other offers.


The Cape Henry Lighthouse, ca. 1792, silently guards the entry way into the Chesapeake Bay. Standing near the "First Landing" site of the Jamestown settlers where in 1607, Captain Newport raised a cross to offer thanks for their safe crossing of the Atlantic, the Lighthouse has stood sentinel since it was completed in 1792. Preservation Virginia acquired the Cape Henry Lighthouse in 1930 when Congress deeded the lighthouse and 1.77 acres of land to the organization in order to preserve it and make it accessible to the public.

Note to Our Visitors: The Cape Henry Lighthouse is located within Fort Story military base. To visit the lighthouse, you must pass through the security gates of Fort Story. Please have identification including a picture with you for all visitors aged 16 years or older. This ID should be a student or state or Federal issued ID card. Proof of vehicle insurance and current vehicle registration is also required for admission to Fort Story Military Base.The security personnel have the right to examine your car before issuing a pass to enter the military base and visit the lighthouse. While we apologize for the inconvenience, we respect the military's interest in force protection. The security guards are courteous and efficient, but please allow a few extra minutes for entry into the site. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

For your safety and comfort, please observe the following rules for climbing the Cape Henry Lighthouse:
- You must be at least 42 inches tall to climb the lighthouse.
- Children may not be carried up the steps.
- Backpacks and frontpacks are not allowed on the staircase