Virginia is ground zero for American History. Jamestown, Williamsburg, Yorktown and Washington DC are famous for their important landmarks. But Virginia also has beautiful and historic lighthouses…
Many which go all the way back to the beginning of America. One lighthouse in Virginia, Old Cape Henry, is the very first construction project under the new Constitutional American Government.
Another Virginia lighthouse, Assateague, provided a daring and heroic rescue of the Presidential Yacht, the Despatch.
A lighthouse in Hampton, VA, Old Point Comfort, is important for its roots in Native American and African history.
Before there was a lighthouse here, Native Americans lit fires here for navigation. They helped guide Spanish ships into port safely.
And the first documented Africans to arrive in English North America happened at Old Point Comfort in 1619.
Other lighthouses in Virginia served as critical beacons in wars and in American Maritime history.
But lighthouses in Virginia are not only historical–but they are also located in gorgeous surroundings
Some are on, or near, world-class beaches.
Some are on nature preserves with amazing views of birds, plants and wildlife. You can hike, bike, swim, and fish at many lighthouses.
If you love history, adventure, and lighthouses then visiting Virginia is a must! Get your guide to 11 Stunning Virginia Lighthouses here