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New Point Comfort Lighthouse

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1801–1805. Island at confluence of Chesapeake and Mobjack bays; visible from end of VA 600. Not accessible

Constructed of ashlar sandstone by a Mathews County resident, Elzy Burroughs, the lighthouse takes its tapering octagonal form from the Old Point Comfort Lighthouse. The federal government probably provided the design. The lighthouse remained in use until 1963, when the county took it over and restored it. The county continues to maintain the building.

Writing Credits

Richard Guy Wilson et al.


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

Print Source

Buildings of Virginia: Tidewater and Piedmont, Richard Guy Wilson and contributors. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002, 344-344.

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