This lighthouse was offered to a qualified new owner under the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act of 2000, but there were no applicants and the lighthouse was sold for $31,000 through an auction in October 2005 to Robert Gonsoulin of Williamsburg, VA. The Coast Guard still maintains the optic and related equipment.
Tower Height: 35
Height of Focal Plane: 52
Characteristic and Range: Red flash every 10 seconds.
Description of Tower: Red, conical cast iron
This light is operational
Date Established: 1871
Date Present Tower Built: 1891
Date Automated: 1954
Optics: 1891: Fourth order Fresnel lens, now 375 mm optic.
Fog Signal: Originally fog bell.
Current Use: Active aid to navigation.
Open To Public? No.
Accessible by boat only. The lighthouse can be seen from Route I-664 as it crosses the James River and Hampton Roads between Newport News and Portsmouth.