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OLD POINT COMFORT LIGHT

State: VIRGINIA
Location: ENTRANCE TO HAMPTON ROADS HARBOR
Nearest City: HAMPTON
County: HAMPTON
U.S.C.G. District: 5
Year Station Established: 1774


Old Point Comfort Light
NPS photo by Candace Clifford, 1992
Existing Historic Tower:
  • Year Light First Lit: 1802
  • Is the Light Operational? YES
  • Date Deactivated: N/A
  • Automated: 1972
  • Foundation Materials: MASONRY
  • Construction Materials: SANDSTONE
  • Markings/Patterns: WHITE W/GREEN LANTERN & RED ROOF
  • Shape: OCTAGONAL CONICAL
  • Relationship to Other Structures: SEPARATE
  • Tower Height: 54
  • Original Optic: 11 LAMPS & 14-INCH REFLECTORS
  • Year Original Lens Installed:
  • Present Optic: FOURTH ORDER, FRESNEL
  • Year Present Lens Installed:
  • Height of Focal Plane: 54
  • Fresnel Lens Disposition:
  • Has tower been moved? NO
Previous Tower(s):
  • 1. Construction Date:
  • Description:
  • Fate/Disposition:
Modern Tower? NO

Existing Sound Signal Building? NO
  • Fog Signal Type: ORIG. BELL
Existing Keepers Quarters? YES
  • Year Constructed: 1900
  • Number of Stories: 2.5
  • Architectural Style: QUEEN ANNE VICTORIAN
  • Construction Materials: WOOD FRAME
Other Structures: GARAGE; ONCE INCLUDED A DEPOT STATION

Current Use: AID TO NAVIGATION ON ARMY BASE

Owner/Manager: U.S. COAST GUARD (LAND & TOWER) / U.S. ARMY (KEEPERS DWELLING)

Open to the Public? YES (Go to Lighthouses to Visit for access information)

Web Site:

National Register Status: LISTED; Reference #73002212
Name of Listing: OLD POINT COMFORT LIGHTHOUSE
On State List/Inventory? YES; Year Listed: 1972

HABS/HAER Documentation? YES, VA-595-J

Miscellaneous:



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