Old Plantation Flats Lighthouse

(replica)

Located at Bay Creek and Marina Resort
near Cape Charles in Northampton County

[plantation]

One of Virginia's newest lighthouses, this is actually a replica of the original lighthouse that was located nearby in the waters of the Chesapeake Bay. This lighthouse was built using the blueprints from the original and was completed in 2005. It serves as the office and museum for the Bay Creek Resort Community.

Bay Creek and Marina Resort

HISTORY
The original light was built in 1886. On January 1893, ice hit the structure and the shock of impact knocked over and broke the Fresnel lens. A spare fifth-order lens was substituted in February. In 1918, the lighthouse was hit by ice again and was severely damaged. It was at this time that the screwpiles were reinforced with concrete. The lighthouse was demolished in 1962, and a simple modern beacon was erected at the foundation ruins.

Photos by Eric Martin.

HOW TO SEE IT
(In a gated private community)

10/22/05


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