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SMITH POINT LIGHT

State: VIRGINIA
Location: ENTRANCE TO POTOMAC RIVER
Nearest City: SUNNYBANK
County: NORTHUMBERLAND
U.S.C.G. District: 5
Year Station Established: 1802


Smith Point Light
NPS photo by Ralph Eshelman, 1997
Existing Historic Tower:
  • Year Light First Lit: 1897
  • Is the Light Operational? YES
  • Date Deactivated: N/A
  • Automated: 1971
  • Foundation Materials: CAST IRON/CONCRETE CAISSON
  • Construction Materials: BRICK
  • Markings/Patterns: WHITE W/BLACK LANTERN & RED BASE
  • Shape: SQUARE ON OCTAGONAL DWELLING
  • Relationship to Other Structures: INTEGRAL
  • Tower Height: 35
  • Original Optic: FOURTH ORDER
  • Year Original Lens Installed: 1897
  • Present Optic: DCB-24
  • Year Present Lens Installed:
  • Height of Focal Plane: 52
  • Fresnel Lens Disposition:
  • Has tower been moved? NO
Previous Tower(s):
  • 1. Construction Date: 1802, 1807, 1828
  • Description: ONSHORE TOWERS
  • Fate/Disposition: MOVED & REBUILT DUE TO EROSION, DISCONTINUED 1859
  • 2. Construction Date: 1868
  • Description: (LIGHTSHIPS 1821-1868) SCREWPILE NEAR CURRENT TOWER
  • Fate/Disposition: DAMAGED BY ICE (LIGHTSHIP 1895-1897)
Modern Tower? NO

Existing Sound Signal Building? NO
  • Fog Signal Type: HORN
Existing Keepers Quarters? YES
  • Year Constructed: 1897
  • Number of Stories: 2
  • Architectural Style: OCTAGON INTEGRAL
  • Construction Materials: BRICK
Other Structures:

Current Use: ACTIVE AID TO NAVIGATION

Owner/Manager: PRIVATE

Open to the Public? NO

National Register Status: LISTED, 2002-12-02
Name of Listing: SMITH POINT LIGHT STATION (LIGHT STATIONS OF THE UNITED STATES MPS)
On State List/Inventory? YES; Year Listed: 2003

Miscellaneous:
REBUILT 5 TIMES. SOLD AT AUCTION IN 2005 UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE NATIONAL HISTORIC LIGHTHOUSE PRESERVATION ACT.



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