Jordan Point Light
The second Jordan Point Light in 1885
|Location||Jordan Point on the south bank of the James River|
|Year first constructed||1855|
|Year first lit||1856/1875(1870?)|
|Tower shape||Freestanding tower|
|Focal height||35 feet (11 m)|
|Original lens||sixth-order Fresnel lens|
The history of this station is somewhat confusing, but it appears that a light station was first established on Jordan Point in 1855. This consisted of a keeper's house with a masthead light on the roof. This arrangement was replaced circa 1875 (possibly as early as 1870) by a separate 35-foot (11 m) pyramidal wooden tower that housed a sixth order Fresnel lens and a fog bell. A new keeper's house was constructed in 1888.
In 1927 the station was deactivated and the wooden tower was later demolished. In 1941 a new steel skeleton tower was erected on the site of the old tower; this skeleton tower is still in service as the rear light of the Jordan Point Range, Light List #2-12420. Although the wooden tower is long gone the keeper's house built in 1888 still stands. It was extensively renovated in 2009 and is a private residence.
- "Historic Light Station Information and Photography: Virginia". United States Coast Guard Historian's Office.
- Light List, Volume II, Atlantic Coast, Shrewsbury River, New Jersey to Little River, South Carolina (PDF). Light List. United States Coast Guard. 2010. p. 114.