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Old Point Comfort Light

Location: Hampton Roads Harbor near Hampton, VA
Photo by: Ron Cogswell
Source: Flickr Creative Commons

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About Old Point Comfort Light

The location of the light is Hampton Roads Harbor. The nearest city is Hampton, VA. The station was first established in 1774. The current lighthouse was first lit in 1802.

The lighthouse is a octagonal tower. The light has a nominal range of 11 nautical miles. The tower height is 58 ft. The light has a period of 12 seconds.

Open to the Public?: By Appointment    Active?: Yes

The light was automated in 1972. The lighthouse is owned and maintained by the U.S. Coast Guard.

A 'flashing' light is a light in which the total duration of light in a period is shorter than the total duration of darkness and the appearances of light (flashes) are usually of equal duration. So in the 12 second period, the light is on for less than 6 then off for more than 6.

Old Point Comfort Light was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on March 1, 1973, reference number 73002212 .

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