Thimble Shoal Light
The Thimble Shoal Lighthouse has had a tumultuous history since the original building was constructed in 1872. Three separate lighthouses have existed on the site, two of which were destroyed by accidents involving fires. The third, built in 1914, had a calmer existence and was automated in 1964. As part of the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act, it was sold to a private citizen, though it remains in operation.
Backstory and Context
A new lighthouse was built in 1914, this time as a caisson lighthouse. Unlike the previous two, the new lighthouse remains standing today. The only repairs that have been done to it since its construction were to fix erosion damage. It was automated in 1964.
As part of the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act, it was auctioned off to Peter Jurewicz for $65,000. After restoration and renovations, the Thimble Shoal Lighthouse remains an active beacon. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2002.
National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form. Virginia Department of Historic Resources. http://www.dhr.Virginia.gov/registers/Cities/Hampton/114-0096_Thimble_Shoal_Light_Station_2002_Final....
Thimble Shoals Lighthouse. Lighthouse Friends. http://www.lighthousefriends.com/light.asp?ID=443.