Cape Henry Lights, VA.
Dawn - December 15, 1881
Changing of the Guard
At first light, on the morning of December 15, 1881, light keeper Jay Edwards climbed the dune to extinguish the first Cape Henry lighthouses lamp for the last time. The old light had served faithfully for 90 years. Later that same day, at dusk, Mr. Edwards would climb the 216 steps to the top of the new Cape Henry tower and light its 1st order Fresnel lens. This new 163 foot tall, state-of-the-art, cast iron tower still serves today with its distinct Morse U characteristic, dot-dot-dash. Todays visitor can climb the old tower and easily view the new light. As an operational lighthouse, the new tower and the fenced in station is off limits to the public.
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