The Picturesque Assateague Lighthouse is an active navigational aid that has warned passing ships and local waterman of the shallow waters off of Assateague for many years. listed in the National Register of Historic places, the lighthouse is part of the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge.
The lighthouse was constructed in 1833 at a cost of approximately $55,000. It's first light was a candle lantern. One hundred years later, in 1933, the lighthouse was converted to be electrically operated. It has twin rotating lights that flash one after the other from a height of 154 feet above sea level and the lights can be seen 19 miles out to sea. The lighthouse stands 142 feet high with a base that measures over 27 feet in diameter.
The Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge at Assateague is an excellent place for bird watching, fishing and many other outdoor activities, all of which you can participate in during your visit to the lighthouse.
This page updated or reviewed in March 2011