Cherrystone Bar Light

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Cherrystone Bar Light
Cherrystone Bar Light is located in Virginia
Cherrystone Bar Light
Location SW of Cape Charles, Virginia harbor in the Chesapeake Bay
Coordinates 37°15′23″N 76°01′57″W / 37.2564°N 76.0324°W / 37.2564; -76.0324Coordinates: 37°15′23″N 76°01′57″W / 37.2564°N 76.0324°W / 37.2564; -76.0324
Year first lit 1858
Deactivated 1919
Foundation screw-pile
Construction cast-iron/wood
Tower shape hexagonal house
Original lens fourth-order Fresnel lens

The Cherrystone Bar Light was a lighthouse located at the entrance to Cape Charles, Virginia harbor in the Chesapeake Bay. It was the only light in the bay moved to another location, becoming the Choptank River Light in 1921.


This light was constructed shortly before the Civil War, and as with other Virginia lights, it was put out of commission by Confederate forces. It was reactivated by Union forces in 1862.

the 1919 caisson light (USCG)

In 1919, a simple skeleton tower on a small caisson was erected to replace the old light. The following year, the house was lifted from its foundation and barged north, where it was set on a new foundation to replace the Choptank River Light, which had been destroyed by ice in 1918. This light was eventually dismantled in 1964, but the caisson light at the original location remains in use.