U.S. Coast Guard
This lighthouse is the tallest of its type and the second tallest overall in the U.S. The keeper's house was destroyed by a brush fire in July 2000. The island and lighthouse grounds are managed by the Nature Conservancy.
Tower Height: 191
Height of Focal Plane: 180
Description of Tower: White, cast iron skeletal tower with central cylinder, black lantern.
This light is operational
Coal house. generator shed, storehouse, privy.
1828: 60-foot stone tower; 1864: 150-foot conical brick tower.
Date Established: 1828
Date Present Tower Built: 1895
Date Automated: 1963
Optics: 1864: First order Fresnel lens (now at Newport News Mariners' Museum); now 190 mm solar-powered optic.
Current Use: Active aid to navigation.
Open To Public? No.
Accessible by boat only.