- Associated Press - Friday, June 15, 2018

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - A lighthouse in Virginia Beach that was the first federally funded construction project in the U.S. is set to close soon for a $1.5 million restoration project.

The Virginian-Pilot reports the effort to fix up the Cape Henry Lighthouse is projected to begin this fall.

Will Glasco is director of development for Preservation Virginia, a nonprofit that has owned and operated the eight-sided lighthouse since 1930. He says the restoration will involve erosion stabilization, a concrete platform to protect the lighthouse’s base and new interpretive signs. The effort is a joint project between Preservation Virginia and the city.

The newspaper reports the lighthouse, completed in 1792, was approved by George Washington and overseen by Alexander Hamilton.

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com

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