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Nearest Town or City:
Mathews, Virginia, United States

Location: Chesapeake Bay, mouth of Rappahannock River.

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Photo: Nick Korstad
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Managing Organization:
Private owner

This lighthouse is almost identical to Smith Point Light. It 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 to Nick Korstad of North Plains, OR, for $75,000 through an auction in October 2005. It was sold in 2006 to James H. Southard, Jr. of Charleston, South Carolina, for $115,000. The aids to navigation equipment is still maintained by the Coast Guard. It was then sold to Richard Cucé in March 2023 for $125,000.

Tower Height: 52

Height of Focal Plane: 52

Characteristic and Range: White flash every 15 seconds.

Description of Tower: Red, square brick tower on roof of keeper's quarters.

Listed on the Lighthouse Digest Doomsday List of endangered lighthouses.

This light is operational

Other Buildings?
Integral red, octagonal two-story brick keeper's dwelling.

Earlier Towers?
1821: Onshore tower; 1821-1870: lightships; 1870: screwpile lighthouse (destroyed by ice in 1892).

Date Established: 1821

Date Present Tower Built: 1894

Date Automated: 1971

Optics: 1894: Fourth order Fresnel lens, now Vega VRB-25 solar-powered optic.

Current Use: Active aid to navigation.

Open To Public? No.

Accessible by boat only.

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