Wolf Trap
Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network

Year Built:1894
Description:Wolf TrapA 52-foot caisson tower near the confluence of the Rappahannock River and Chesapeake Bay. The red, octagonal tower rests atop a brown concrete base; a square black lantern room is offset to one side. Original optic was a 4th order Fresnel lens. Operational; automated in 1971. Trumpet fog signal (discontinued). Owned and maintained by USCG. (Hampton Roads) Eligible for listing on National Register of Historic Places.
Type of Structure:Brown cylindrical foundation pier expanding in trumpet shape at its upper end to form a gallery surmounted by an octagonal red two story brick dwelling with a square tower with black lantern.
Purpose:Marks Wolf Trap Shoals.
Interesting Facts:A lighthouse site since 1821, Wolf Trap previously was home to several lightships and a screwpile lighthouse that was swept away by ice in 1893. The keeper walked across the ice to safety.
Photo(s):Wolf Trap
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