Great Wicomico River Light

Aug. 27, 2019

Great Wicomico River Light, mouth of the Great Wicomico River, western Chesapeake Bay, Virginia


Name of Lighthouse: Great Wicomico River Light
Location: western shore of the Chesapeake Bay near Reedville, Virginia.
Date Built: 1889
Type of Structure: screwpile foundation with hexagonal house
Characteristics: 4th Order with fixed white light, two red sectors
Height: 43.5’ above mean high water
Foghorn: yes – Stevens Fog Bell Machine (double blow every 15 sec.)
Construction Material: wood and iron
Deactivated: 1967
Status: house removed in 1967, but original foundation is now used for a more modern beacon, which displays a flashing light.

The above was researched and drafted by William Simms, a Chesapeake Chapter of the U.S. Light House Society volunteer.