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Name: Newport News Middle Ground Light  

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Nearest Town or City:
Newport News, Virginia, United States

Location: Hampton Roads, Chesapeake Bay.

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Managing Organization:
Private owner

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.

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