Thimble Shoal Light Station

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The Thimble Shoal Light Station is listed under the National Register Multiple Property Documentation Form for Light Stations in the United States. It consists of a wooden caisson supporting a 42-foot-diameter, cement-filled, cast-iron foundation cylinder that is surmounted by a cast-iron integral tower-dwelling, a three-story conical-shaped superstructure on which is mounted a one-story cylindrical, helical-bar lantern. Both Thimble Shoal and Newport News Middle Ground light stations retain a roof over the lower gallery, a feature once common to many caisson-type lighthouses but frequently removed. The Thimble Shoal Light Station is located in about 11 feet of water on the north side of the channel of Hampton Roads off Horseshoe, in the Chesapeake Bay.

Last Updated: October 17, 2023

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VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

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