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Assateague Lighthouse

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1866–1867. Assateague Island. Open to the public
  • (Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress)

The Coast Guard operates the lighthouse, which replaced an 1831 structure. Standing 142 feet high and built of brick, it is one of the last operating lighthouses on the East Coast. Adjacent is the former U.S. Coast Guard Station (1922), which served until after World War II as a life-saving station. The complex includes a quarters for personnel, a boathouse, a lookout tower, and launches for boats.

Writing Credits

Richard Guy Wilson et al.


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Richard Guy Wilson et al., "Assateague Lighthouse", [Chincoteague Island, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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