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Old Point Comfort postcard face - click to enlarge

Old Point Comfort postcard obverse - click to enlarge

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Old Point Comfort

State: VA
Year established: 1802
Latitude: 37 deg 0 min 6 sec N
Longitude: 76 deg 18 min 23 sec W
Height above sea level: 54 feet

Original construction:
present 54-foot conical octagonal sandstone tower

automated in 1972; active aid to navigation

Light characteristic:
two red flashes every 10 seconds visible for 14 nautical miles, and white sector visible for 16 miles

the second oldest lighthouse on the Chesapeake Bay

More information:
Turbyville, Linda, Bay Beacons - Lighthouses of the Chesapeake Bay, (Annapolis, MD: Eastwind Publishing, 1995), pp.110-113
U.S. Department of Homeland Security / United States Coast Guard, Light List, Volume 2 Atlantic Coast, Shrewsbury River, New Jersey to Little River, South Carolina, (Washington, DC: GPO, 2004), p. 91