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Jones Point Lighthouse, Alexandria

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The Jones Point Light is a small river lighthouse located on the Potomac River in Alexandria, Virginia. It was built in 1855. It is a small, one-story house with a lantern on top and served primarily as a warning light for naval ships approaching the Washington Navy Yard. The lighthouse was discontinued in 1926, replaced by a small steel skeletal tower located nearby; this smaller tower was in use for ten years before being discontinued. After being dark for more than half a century, Jones Point Light was relit by a private concern in 1995, however, it was eventually put out again after ownership switched from the Daughters of the American Revolution Foundation to the National Park Service. Certain local efforts have called for the structure to be relit, but as of 2017, the only working lighthouse on the Potomac River is the Fort Washington Point Lighthouse, located five miles downriver.
The lighthouse is located on Jones Point in Alexandria, and is part of Jones Point Park. Visitors can approach the lighthouse, but it is currently impossible to enter the building.
The lighthouse is immediately north of the confluence of Hunting Creek and the Potomac River. The 1791-1792 survey of the boundaries of the District of Columbia began at a spot that was then at the tip of a cape at the Point. The south cornerstone from the boundary survey remains in the seawall adjacent to the lighthouse.
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  • You can't go in...but it's a beautiful walk from Old Town. Plus, there's a marker nearby where you can be in Maryland, Virginia, and DC all at the same time.  more »
  • The lighthouse itself is of moderate interest, but what we found more interesting were the stops along the hiking path. A lot of history in this area and the signage and small monuments provide that.....  more »
  • The Jones Point Lighthouse is a small one-story house near the Jones Point Park. It was built in1855 and is preserved today. It used to serve as a warning light for ships approaching the Washington Navy Yard. There are signs throughout that explain the history. You can't go inside, but the views are amazing of the National Harbor across the river. You can also see the original marker of D.C. on the property as well.
  • Definitely recommended if you are visiting the park. Easy to access from the paved trail. This place has some unique history, as this was the point they started laying boundary stones to mark the boundary of DC. You can see the original stone. You can also learn about the lighthouse, and how it was a ship yard in WWI.
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