Assateague Light

Assateague Light
Assateague Light
Assateague Lighthouse, Aug 2007
Location south of Chincoteague, Virginia
Coordinates 37°54′40″N 75°21′21″W / 37.9111°N 75.3558°W / 37.9111; -75.3558
Year first lit 1867
Automated 1933
Deactivated N/A
Foundation Stone & Concrete
Construction Red Brick
Tower shape Conical
Height 142 ft
Original lens first-order Fresnel Len
Range 19 miles
Characteristic Double-flash every five seconds

Assateague Light is the 142-foot-tall (43 m) lighthouse located on the southern end of Assateague Island off the coast of the Virginia Eastern Shore, USA. The lighthouse is located within the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge and can be accessed by road from Chincoteague Island over the Assateague Channel.

Constructed in 1867 to replace a shorter light house built in the early 1830s, the light house is conical in shape and is painted in alternating bands of red and white. It was built with a first-order Fresnel lens which has since been replaced with an electronically powered beacon. The grounds also contain a keeper's house and oil house.

The lighthouse is depicted on the 2003–2004 Federal Duck Stamp, designed by Ron Louque.

The light is open for public tours on weekends during the summer.


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