"Assateague Light" Assateague Island Things to Do Tip by grandmaR

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  Top of the lighthouse from the trail to parking
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  • Top of the lighthouse from the trail to parking - Chincoteague
      Top of the lighthouse from the trail to parking
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      Bob walking around the base of the lighthouse
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  • Lighthouse from Wildlife refuge - Chincoteague
      Lighthouse from Wildlife refuge
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  • Assateague Light - Chincoteague

After the first 45 foot-high brick tower proved inadequate, the current 142 foot tall Assateague Lighthouse was built in 1867. It is an"early classic" round brick tower with lantern and gallery painted with red and white horizontal bands. The lantern roof is black. A natural bluff 22 feet above sea level adds to the light's height and visibility which is fortunate because the light no longer is on the shore. It is now almost 5 miles from the Chincoteague Inlet. The original 1st order Fresnel lens (restored during 2000-01) is on display at the Oyster and Maritime Museum in Chincoteague. The 2-story concrete keeper's house (1910) now houses wildlife refuge seasonal staff. The oil house (1891) also survives.

The management of the lighthouse was transferred to the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2002 and tours of the facility are managed by the Chincoteague Natural History Association. In the season (starting in April), the lighthouse is open daily from 9 AM until 2:30 PM.
Tour Fees: Adults $5, Children 17 and under $3.

Even when the lighthouse is not open, you can still see the lighthouse by taking a short walk from the parking lot. And you can even see it from the back of the McDonalds parking lot.

Phone: 757-336-3696
Website: http://www.fws.gov/northeast/chinco/tourinfo.html

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Sep 19, 2011
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