List of lighthouses in Virginia
This is a list of all lighthouses in the U.S. state of Virginia as identified by the United States Coast Guard. There are nine active lights in the state as well as three automated caissons and eleven skeleton towers replacing previously manned lights.
The first lighthouse in the state was erected in 1792 (the first Cape Henry Light) and it is the oldest surviving structure; the last, Chesapeake Light, was built in 1965 (ignoring automated towers erected later). The tallest extant tower is that at Cape Charles Light.
If not otherwise noted, focal height and coordinates are taken from the United States Coast Guard Light List, while location and dates of activation, automation, and deactivation are taken from the United States Coast Guard Historical information site for lighthouses. Locations of demolished lights have been estimated using National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) navigational charts.
|Assateague Light||Assateague Island||142 ft (43 m)||1867||1933||Active|
|Back River Light||Chesapeake Bay near Hampton||30 ft (9.1 m)||1829||1936||Destroyed|
|Bells Rock Light||York River||40 ft (12 m)||1881||1928||replaced with skel. tower|
|Bowlers Rock Light||Rappahannock River||1868||1920||replaced with caisson light|
|Cape Charles Light||Cape Charles||180 ft (55 m)||1828/1895||1963||Active|
|Cape Henry Light (old)||Cape Henry, Virginia Beach||1792||1881||Inactive|
|Cape Henry Light (new)||Cape Henry, Virginia Beach||164 ft (50 m)||1881||1984||Active|
|Cherrystone Bar Light||SW of Cape Charles||1858||1919||Moved to Choptank River Light;
replaced with caisson light
|Chesapeake Light||entrance to Chesapeake Bay||120 ft (37 m)||1965||1980||Active|
|Craney Island Light||mouth of Elizabeth River||36 ft (11 m)||1859/1884||1936||replaced with buoy|
|Deepwater Shoals Light||James River||27 ft (8.2 m)||1855||1936||replaced with skel. tower|
|Dutch Gap Canal Lights||James River||27 ft (8.2 m)||1875||1910||replaced with skel. towers|
|Great Wicomico River Light||Chesapeake Bay||42 ft (13 m)||1889||1967||replaced with skel. tower|
|Hog Island Light||Hog Island near Exmore, Virginia||1853/1896||1948||Demolished|
|Jones Point Light||Alexandria||1856||1919||1926||supplanted by skel. tower;
Standing but inactive[note 2]
|Jordan Point Light||James River||35 ft (11 m)||1856/1875||1927||Replaced by skel. tower in 1941|
|Killock Shoal Light||West of Chincoteague, Virginia||48 ft (15 m)||1886||1929||1939||Replaced by skel. tower in 1941;
|Lambert Point Light||Norfolk||1872||1892||Collapsed around 1911|
|Nansemond River Light||Nansemond and James rivers||1878||1935||Removed ca. 1980|
|New Point Comfort Light||Chesapeake Bay||58 ft (18 m)||1804||1930||1963||Inactive|
|Newport News Middle Ground Light||Newport News||70 ft (21 m)||1891||1954||Active|
|Old Plantation Flats Light||Cape Charles||35 ft (11 m)||1886||1962||replaced with skel. tower|
|Old Point Comfort Light||Hampton||58 ft (18 m)||1802||1972||active|
|Pages Rock Light||York River||43 ft (13 m)||1893||1960||1967||removed|
|Point of Shoals Light||James River||1855/1871||1932||1933||house removed|
|Pungoteague Creek Light||Chesapeake Bay||1854||1856||replaced with automated caisson light|
|Smith Point Light||mouth of Potomac River||52 ft (16 m)||1802/1897||1971||active|
|Stingray Point Light||mouth of Rappahannock River||34 ft (10 m)||1858||1965||1965||replaced with skel. tower|
|Tangier Sound Light||Chesapeake Bay||45 ft (14 m)||1890||1961||replaced with skel. tower|
|Thimble Shoal Light||Chesapeake Bay, north of Hampton Roads||52 ft (16 m)||1872/1914||1964||active|
|Tue Marshes Light||mouth of York River||41 ft (12 m)||1875||1960||replaced with skel. tower|
|Watts Island Light||Chesapeake Bay||48 ft (15 m)||1833||1923||1944||destroyed|
|White Shoal Light||James River||1855/1871||1934||house destroyed by ice in the 1970s;
|Windmill Point Light||mouth of Rappahannock River||36 ft (11 m)||1869||1965||replaced with skel. tower|
|Wolf Trap Light||Chesapeake Bay||52 ft (16 m)||1870/1894||1971||active|
|York Spit Light||mouth of York River||1870||1960||replaced with post light|
- If there is a second date, it represents the date the most recent tower was lit.
- Re-lit as private Aid to Navigation in 1995
- Light List, Volume II, Atlantic Coast, Shrewsbury River, New Jersey to Little River, South Carolina (PDF). Light List. United States Coast Guard. 2012.
- "Historic Light Station Information and Photography: Virginia". United States Coast Guard Historian's Office.