Smith Point
Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network

Year Built:1868
Description:Smith PointCaisson light at the Virginia entrance to the Potomac River. Red concrete base; white brick, 35-foot octagonal tower capped with a square black lantern room. A 4th order Fresnel lens was installed in 1891. Still operational; automated in 1971. Fog horn. Owned and maintained by USCG (Coast Guard Group Hampton Roads). Eligible for listing on National Register of Historic Places.
Type of Structure:Masonry house atop cast-iron caisson.
Purpose:Marks Smith Point in Virginia at the mouth of the Potomac River.
Interesting Facts:Current light is the latest in a series of six navigational aids at this challenging location, including three onshore towers (1802, 1807, 1828), two lightships, and a screwpile light.
Photo(s):Smith Point
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