Jones Point Light

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Jones Point Light
Jones Point Light - Alexandria, Virginia.jpg
Jones Point Light is located in Alexandria
Jones Point Light
Jones Point Light is located in Northern Virginia
Jones Point Light
Jones Point Light is located in Virginia
Jones Point Light
Jones Point Light is located in the US
Jones Point Light
Location Alexandria, Virginia
Coordinates 38°47′25.4″N 77°2′26.3″W / 38.790389°N 77.040639°W / 38.790389; -77.040639Coordinates: 38°47′25.4″N 77°2′26.3″W / 38.790389°N 77.040639°W / 38.790389; -77.040639
Year first lit 1856
Automated 1919
Deactivated 1926-1995
Foundation Natural / Emplaced
Construction Wood
Tower shape Conical lantern on square house
Original lens Fifth order Fresnel lens
Jones Point Lighthouse and District of Columbia South Cornerstone
Location Jones Point Park, Alexandria, Virginia
Area 1 acre (0.40 ha)
Built 1791 (1791)
Architectural style Greek Revival
NRHP Reference # 80000352[1]
VLR # 100-0116
Significant dates
Added to NRHP May 19, 1980
Designated VLR March 18, 1980[2]

The Jones Point Light is a small river lighthouse located on the Potomac River in Alexandria, Virginia. It was built in 1855. It is a small, one-story house with a lantern on top and served primarily as a warning light for naval ships approaching the Washington Navy Yard. The lighthouse was discontinued in 1926, replaced by a small steel skeletal tower located nearby; this smaller tower was in use for ten years before being discontinued. After being dark for more than half a century, Jones Point Light was relit by a private concern in 1995.

The lighthouse is located on Jones Point in Alexandria, and is part of Jones Point Park. Visitors can approach the lighthouse, but it is currently impossible to enter the building.

The lighthouse is immediately north of the confluence of Hunting Creek and the Potomac River. The 1791-1792 survey of the boundaries of the District of Columbia began at a spot that was then at the tip of a cape at the Point. The south cornerstone from the boundary survey remains in the seawall adjacent to the lighthouse.

In 1980, the lighthouse and the cornerstone were listed in the National Register of Historic Places as reference #80000352. The lighthouse is also listed in the Library of Congress Historic American Buildings Survey as survey number VA-641. The listing shows lighthouse drawings and several black-and-white photos of the lighthouse prior to restoration.



  1. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "Virginia Landmarks Register". Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Retrieved 2013-05-12. 

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