Located just offshore of New Point Comfort
near Bavon in Mathews County
New Point Comfort is the third oldest lighthouse in the Bay region.
It was commissioned in 1804 by Thomas Jefferson. The island was separated
from the mainland by a hurricane in 1933. The lighthouse has also
separated from the island. The lighthouse is a 63-foot octagonal sandstone
tower painted white, and is protected by rip-rap. It was automated in
1919. Confederate raiders knocked this light out of operation but it was
fixed between 1865 and 1868, and outfitted with a fourth-order Fresnel
lens. It was partialy automated in 1919 and the keeper's house was torn
down. The light was completely automated in 1930. It was decommissioned
and replaced with a lighted buoy in 1963. New Point Comfort Island was
aquired by the Nature Conservancy in 1979 and given to Mathews County as a
natural area in 1982. The lighthouse has been restored several times,
including 1978, 1981 and 1988. The tower was severely vandalized in
More photos of New Point.
The lighthouse is not really open to the public - even though access is not restricted (if you have a boat to get to it). But there is an observation deck nearby on the New Point Comfort Preserve. Many of the locals refer to this lighthouse simply as "New Point" because there is a place nearby called New Point not too far from Bavon.
HOW TO SEE IT
If you don't have access to a boat, it can be viewed from shore.
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