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Cape Henry

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Old Cape Henry Lighthouse
Old Cape Henry Lighthouse

Cape Henry is a cape on the Atlantic shore of Virginia. It is the southern boundary of the entrance to Chesapeake Bay, and is one of the Virginia Capes (along with Cape Charles).

The cape is located in the city of Virginia Beach within the boundaries of Fort Story. Norfolk is to the west.

The ships carrying the colonists of the Jamestown settlement made their first landfall at Cape Henry, April 26, 1607, explored the area, named the cape, and set up a cross before proceeding up the James River. The Cape Henry Memorial, a part of the Colonial Historical National Park, preserves the site; it includes a stone cross set up in 1935 by the Daughters of the American Colonists to commemorate the landing.

The Cape Henry Lighthouse was the first lighthouse authorized by the US government, dating from 1792.

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