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Take In Stunning Views from Atop Historic Assateague Lighthouse

March 9, 2020 by Corey A. Edwards

Assateague Lighthouse sunsetAssateague Lighthouse opens its doors to weekend visitors beginning in April. If you’ve never experienced the view from the top of the tower, you’re missing out!

The first Assateague Light was built on the Virginia side of Assateague Island in 1832. The original structure proved too short, however. The red and white brick tower seen today replaced in in 1867.

The tower is 142 feet tall, the base over 27 feet in diameter, with 175 steps to the top. The tower’s twin rotating lights are 154 feet above sea level and can be seen 19 miles out to sea.

The initial beacon was just a candle. An oil lamp that needed refueling every hour replaced it. Can you imagine lugging two, five-gallon cans of oil up 175 stairs every hour? Now there’s a workout. Phew!

The beacon was eventually upgraded to a modern electronics but the light’s old, first-order Fresnel lens can still be seen at the Museum of Chincoteague.

The historic Assateague Light is one of less than 20 lighthouses of its kind still in use on the Eastern Seaboard. Best of all, it is open to the public on weekends for much of the year!

Visiting Assateague Lighthouse

Assateague Lighthouse stairs

Down the spiraling stairs
of the Assateague Light tower.

The Assateague Lighthouse season runs from April to November. Hours are 9am to 3pm, with a half hour closing break for lunch between 12pm and 12:30pm.

Getting to the lighthouse, which is located in Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge on Assateague Island, is a simple affair. It is only a quarter of a mile (402 meters) from Chincoteague and you can easily drive, bike, or even walk there from anywhere on the island. A popular and well maintained trail leads directly to it.

Tours of the light include information about the light’s history, and what it was like to live here as a lightkeeper. You’ll also see the keeper’s house and the old oil house.

Best of all, you can climb to the top of the tower. Here, sweeping views of Chincoteague, Assateague, Wallops, the Eastern Shore of Virginia, Maryland, and more await. Simply stunning – don’t forget your camera!

It’s quite the climb, however. 175 steep stairs and not for everyone. If you do climb, be sure to wear appropriate shoes and hold onto the handrail.

Learn more at www.assateagueisland.com.

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Assateague Lighthouse

Come To Chincoteague and Explore Historic Assateague Lighthouse!

June 12, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Visit historic Assateague Lighthouse!Historic Assateague Lighthouse is a photogenic landmark you can tour that is just 3 miles from our Chincoteague Island B&B!

The distinctive red and white tower of the Assateague Lighthouse is 142 feet high and almost 5 miles inland on the Virginia side of the island. Earlier, shore-based versions of the light proved too vulnerable to storms and shifting sands. The current tower was moved farther inland in 1867.

Assateague Lighthouse is one of less than 20 lighthouses of its kind still in use on the Eastern Seaboard. It is recognizable to many because of its broad red and white stripes and unique double-flash pattern.

Lighthouse buffs come from all around the world to visit Assateague Lighthouse. Visitors are delighted to discover that they can easily walk or bike to the lighthouse. That’s true of almost everything on Assateague and Chincoteague. The islands are the perfect place to set off on foot or on a bike. Traffic is typically light on the roads and there are miles of trails, including one out to the lighthouse.

Assateague Lighthouse is open for tours every weekend, April to November – and yes, you can climb the tower!

Both Chincoteague and Assateague Island are relatively flat. Consequently, Assateague Lighthouse stands head and shoulders above just about everything else on the islands! It towers over you as you approach the base – and the views from the top? Absolutely stunning. Not only can you see the entirety of both Assateague and Chincoteague but also Wallops Island and portions of the Eastern Shore of Virginia and Maryland!

Assateague Lighthouse

The tower is open for free tours on weekends in April through November, 9am to 12pm, 12:30pm to 3pm.
Donations go towards maintaining lighthouse tour staff and maintenance.
Visit www.assateagueisland.com for more information about the Assateague Light.

Assateague Lighthouse Lodging
Let Island Manor House Bed and Breakfast help you to make the most of your Chincoteague adventures! Our individually decorated guest rooms will have you feeling right at home with their luxurious amenities. Our convenient location puts the best of both islands at your fingertips and we are more than happy to help you arrange your visit with our concierge services. Book your stay at Island Manor House Bed and Breakfast today!

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