Newport News Middle Ground Light Station

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The Newport News Middle Ground Light Station is listed under the National Register Multiple Property Documentation Form for Light Stations in the United States. It is one of the oldest caisson lighthouses in Virginia waters, and rests on a wooden caisson that supports a round 25-foot-diameter and 56-foot-high cast-iron foundation cylinder. The integral tower-dwelling is a cast-iron, three-story, conical-shaped superstructure, 29 feet in height and 21 feet in diameter at the base, on which is mounted a one-story circular watch room surmounted by an octagonal lantern. Both Newport News Middle Ground and Thimble Shoal light stations retain a roof over the lower gallery, a feature once common to many caisson-type lighthouses but frequently removed. The lighthouse, owned and managed by the U.S. Coast Guard, is located in about 15 feet of water on the western end of Newport News Middle Ground in Hampton Roads.

Last Updated: December 22, 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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