Cape Charles Light

Cape Charles Light

Infobox Lighthouse

caption = Cape Charles Light in 1995 (Ralph Eshelman/NPS)
location = Smith Island off Cape Charles at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay
coordinates = coord|37.1229|N|75.9063|W|type:landmark
yearlit = 1828 (first light)
1895 (current light)
automated = 1963
yeardeactivated =
foundation =
construction = cast iron skeleton tower
shape = Octagonal
height = 180 ft
lens = First order Fresnel lens
currentlens = Vega solar-powered beacon
range = 24 miles
characteristic = 5 sec Flashing white
status = standing/active

The current Cape Charles Light is a skeleton tower lighthouse at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. It is the tallest lighthouse in Virginia and the second tallest in the United States. It is the third light at this location.


* [ Virginia Light Stations] , from the United States Coast Guard
* [ Inventory of Historic Light Stations - Virginia Lighthouses: Cape Charles Light] for National Park Service Maritime Heritage Program website
* [
] Chesapeake Bay: Cape Charles to Wolf Trap
* [ Cape Charles Lighthouse, Virginia] from
*cite book|title=The Lighthouses of the Chesapeake
last=de Gast|first=Robert
publisher=Johns Hopkins University Press
pp. 142-147.

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