Ragged Point Light (VA)

Nov. 13, 2019

Ragged Point Light, Potomac River, Chesapeake Bay, Virginia

Screwpile style lighthouse built in 1910.


Location: West side of the Potomac River entrance on the Chesapeake Bay
Station Established: 1910
Year Current Tower(s) First Lit: 1962
Operational? No
Foundation Materials: Iron screwpiles
Construction Materials: Wood and Iron
Tower Shape: Hexagonal screw-pile
Markings/Pattern: Structure white, substructure brown
Relationship to Other Structure: Integral
Original Lens: Fourth Order, Fresnel
Characteristic: Flashing white every 10 seconds

Historical Information:

  • The lighthouse was built at Coles Point near the Virginia shoreline in Westmoreland County on the Potomac River. It is on the opposite side of the river from Piney Point Lighthouse in Maryland.
  • It was deactivated in 1962.  It was one of the first lighthouses to be dismantled.
  • An automated light tower was built on the original foundation.

Researched and written by Melissa Buckler, a Chesapeake Chapter of the U.S. Light House Society volunteer.