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New Point Comfort Lighthouse

First lighted in 1805, New Point Comfort Lighthouse stands 58 feet tall on the southern tip of Mathews County, Va., at the convergence of Chesapeake and Mobjack bays. The sandstone masonry beacon is the third-oldest-surviving lighthouse on Chesapeake Bay and the 10th-oldest in the country. Shoaling to the south rendered it useless as a marker, and the light was replaced by an offshore light and deactivated in 1962. A preservation group warns that erosion and neglect have left the beacon in danger of collapse.

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This image originally appeared in the December 2011 issue.