A Fixer-Upper for the Lighthouse Lover in Your Life

56 Shore Drive in Port Haywood, Virginia is for sale for $249,500.

Hey, CIRCA fans: ever dream of getting away from it all? Then why not hop on your motor boat and take a tour of an historic 1894 caisson lighthouse with me?! This could be one unique house for someone looking for a little peace and quiet (with a dash of calming sea air mixed in). I’m already in love with the fact it’s just off the coast of beautiful Virginia, one of my favorite states. I swear, from the Blue Ridge Mountains to this brick beauty’s location in the Chesapeake Bay, Virginia truly is for old house lovers.

Along with this lighthouse comes a waterfront lot looking out towards Horn Harbor. The listing doesn’t include too many photos of the inside, but it does mention five floors spanning about 1,500 square feet and 3 bedrooms. It also suggests its potential as a bed and breakfast. Talk about one secluded vacation in lighthouse paradise! Lucky for us this brick beacon, also known as the Wolf Trap Lighthouse, comes with enough amazing history to impress both homeowners and travelers alike. It also doesn’t hurt that it’s tax exempt with tax credits available for restoration.
What a house! I can see myself waving hello to my arriving guests from the tower balcony. With the lighthouse’s octagonal shape (each wall stretching eight feet long), I’ll be able to see them coming from any direction. Heck, I could probably even take in a little fishing for the evening meal.
Some fun facts I’d share at my housewarming: the light on this 120-year-old beacon was first lit on September 20, 1894. And what about its color? In the late 1920s the lighthouse was painted red in order to protect the brick from saltwater corrosion. Uncover more great history over at Lighthouse Friends after checking out the following sneak peeks of your potential new dream home.
Ready to roll up your sleeves? Check out the full listing HERE.

Amanda is an historic preservationist living in New York City with a particular fondness for fixer-uppers. She can be spotted checking out quirky historic details here, there, and everywhere in her handmade dresses. Every time Amanda sees a cozy room with large windows and beautiful built-ins she can’t help but imagine her very own sewing nook with oldies music playing in the background.


  • Maggie Oldfather

    It even looks high enough that you won’t have to worry about rising sea levels too soon!

    • CIRCAhouses

      Haha, Maggie that’s true!!!


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