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WOLF TRAP LIGHT

State: VIRGINIA
Location: LOWER CHESAPEAKE BAY
Nearest City: MATHEWS
County: MATHEWS
U.S.C.G. District: 5
Year Station Established: 1821


Wolf Trap Light NPS photo by Ralph Eshelman, 1997
Existing Historic Tower:
  • Year Light First Lit: 1894
  • Is the Light Operational? YES
  • Date Deactivated: N/A
  • Automated: 1971
  • Foundation Materials: CAISSON
  • Construction Materials: BRICK
  • Markings/Patterns: RED ON BROWN CYLINDER W/BLACK LANTERN
  • Shape: SQUARE ON OCTAGONAL DWELLING
  • Relationship to Other Structures: INTEGRAL
  • Tower Height: 52
  • Original Optic: FOURTH ORDER, FRESNEL
  • Year Original Lens Installed: 1897
  • Present Optic: VEGA VRB-25, SOLAR POWERED
  • Year Present Lens Installed: 1996
  • Height of Focal Plane: 52
  • Fresnel Lens Disposition:
  • Has tower been moved? NO
Previous Tower(s):
  • 1. Construction Date: 1821
  • Description: LIGHTSHIPS (1821-1870)
  • Fate/Disposition: REPLACED WITH SCREWPILE LIGHTHOUSE
  • 2. Construction Date: 1870
  • Description: SCREWPILE
  • Fate/Disposition: DESTROYED BY ICE FLOWS
Modern Tower? NO

Existing Sound Signal Building? NO
  • Fog Signal Type: TRUMPET (DISCONTINUED)
Existing Keepers Quarters? YES
  • Year Constructed: 1894
  • Number of Stories: 2
  • Architectural Style: VICTORIAN (INTEGRAL)
  • Construction Materials: BRICK
Other Structures: NONE

Current Use: ACTIVE AID TO NAVIGATION

Owner/Manager: PRIVATE

Open to the Public? NO

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

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



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