A Federal Endeavor: The Old Cape Henry Lighthouse

by Jeff L. Brown, Contributing Editor; Civil Engineering Magazine, ASCE World Headquarters, 1801 Alexander Bell Drive, Reston, VA,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 2015, Vol. 85, Issue 3, Pg. 42-45

Document Type: Editorial


In 1789, the First Congress passed legislation calling for the construction of a lighthouse near the entrance of Chesapeake Bay at such place . . . as the President of the United States shall direct. Thus began the first federally authorized public works project, which is known today as the Old Cape Henry Lighthouse.

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