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Name: Smith Point Light   Map it!

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Nearest Town or City:
Sunnybank, Virginia, United States

Location: Entrance to Potomac River, Chesapeake Bay.

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Managing Organization:
Private owner

This lighthouse was offered to a qualified new owner under the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act of 2000, but there were no applicants and the lighthouse was sold to David McNally for $170,000 through an auction in October 2005. The Coast Guard still maintains the optic and related equipment.

Tower Height: 35

Height of Focal Plane: 52

Characteristic and Range: White flash every 10 seconds with red sector.

Description of Tower: White, square brick tower on roof of keeper's dwelling, with black lantern.

This light is operational

Other Buildings?
Integral octagonal brick two-story keeper's quarters, on cast iron and concrete caisson.

Earlier Towers?
1802: First tower onshore. 1821: lightship. 1828: New tower onshore. 1857: lightship. 1868: New offshore screwpile lighthouse (destroyed by ice in 1895).

Date Established: 1802

Date Present Tower Built: 1897

Date Automated: 1971

Optics: 1897: Fourth order Fresnel lens, now DCB-24.

Fog Signal: Horn, blast every 15 seconds, on 24 hours.

Current Use: Active aid to navigation.

Open To Public? No.

Accessible by boat only.

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