Cape Charles Light
|Cape Charles Light in 1995 (Ralph Eshelman/NPS)|
|Location||Smith Island off Cape Charles at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay|
|Year first constructed||1828|
|Year first lit||1895|
|Construction||cast iron skeleton tower|
|Tower shape||Octagonal pyramidal skeleton|
|Markings / pattern||lantern and watchroom, black
|Height||191 feet (58 m)|
|Focal height||180 feet (55 m)|
|Original lens||First order Fresnel lens|
|Current lens||Vega VRB-25 solar-powered beacon|
|Range||18 nautical miles (33 km; 21 mi)|
|Characteristic||Flashing white, 5 sec|
Cape Charles Light Station
|Nearest city||Kiptopke, Virginia|
|Area||10 acres (4.0 ha)|
|MPS||Light Stations of the United States MPS|
|NRHP Reference #||03000569|
|Added to NRHP||June 23, 2003|
|Designated VLR||December 4, 2002|
The current Cape Charles Light is a skeleton tower lighthouse at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay on Smith Island. It is the tallest lighthouse in Virginia and the second tallest in the United States. This particular light is the third light at this location.
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- "Historic Light Station Information and Photography: Virginia". United States Coast Guard Historian's Office.
- Rowlett, Russ. "Lighthouses of the United States: Virginia". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09.
- "Virginia Landmarks Register". Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Retrieved 5 June 2013.
- Cape Charles Lighthouse, Virginia from LighthouseFriends.com
- Chesapeake Bay Lighthouse Project - Cape Charles Light