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114-0096 Thimble Shoal Light Station

Thimble Shoal Light Station
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 09/10/2003

NRHP Listing Date 12/02/2002

NPS property number 02001436

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 retain a roof over the lower gallery, a feature once common to many caisson-type lighthouses but frequently removed. The lighthouse is located in about 11 feet of water on the north side of the channel of Hampton Roads off Horseshoe, in the Chesapeake Bay.


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

Updated November 7, 2018